Transporters’ agitation hits Kavre hard

Kavre, October 20:

Transport workers called Kavre bandh today demanding compensation to the family of their colleague Shree Krishna Shrestha, who was killed by an armed group a few weeks ago.

The bandh, called by Nepal Independent Transport Workers’ Association (NITWA), affected normal life in the district. Vehicular movement on Araniko and BP Highways came to a grinding halt. However, ambulances and press vehicles plied as usual.

The bandh callers deflated the tyres of some vehicles for defying the strike and staged demonstrations in Banepa.

NITWA has been demanding compensation of Rs 1 million to the victim’s family, fund for meeting the education expenses of his children, a job to his wife, action against the guilty and announcement of highway as the zone of peace as well as guarantee of security for transport workers.

NITWA said the bandh would continue in the district till tomorrow and an indefinite transport strike would be called in Bagmati zone from October 22.

Shrestha (32) of Phulbari-3, who was injured in the gang’s attack at Patanekhola in Khanalthok-2 on September 7, died in the course of treatment in the TU Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu on October 5.

Among others, Raju Lama, Prem Waiba, Kumar Waiba and Mane Waiba have been accused of involvement in the incident. Police have already detained the accused.