Rajbiraj, September 4 Activists of United Democratic Madhesi Front set ablaze a passenger bus at Bhardaha VDC-1, Saptari today morning. The bus had broken down while it was being escorted to its destination by the police at midnight. The bus was parked in front of Area Police Office Bhardaha. SI Surendra Kherwal said that agitators evaded the police and torched the vehicle. Schools, government offices, financial institutions, banks, transportation, factories and industries remained closed due to shutdown in Saptari. Meanwhile, Madhesi Women’s Front Saptari staged a broom rally demanding autonomous Madhesh province in Rajbiraj. The rally that started from local Shiva Temple had converged into a mass meeting after making a round of various parts of the town. Women from several villages of the district had participated in the rally.