UDMF to let public vehicles run in Rautahat

RAUTAHAT: The agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) has said it would let the public transportation operate here in Rautahat district for a week, starting tomorrow.

Responding to the plea from public and local stakeholders, a district-level meeting of the parties affiliated to the UDMF made a verbal understanding to this regard.

The cadres and supporters of UDMF have been obstructing the movement of vehicles since the start of agitation in Tarai-Madhes region in September.

The Front decided to let the vehicles ply roads from January 14 to 21 Bus Entrepreneurs' Association, Rautahat Industries and Commerce Association, local school operators and businessmen made requests in writing for lifting the obstruction, said Haji Zikurula, coordinator of National Muslim Struggle Alliance (NMSA).

The decision was made taking into consideration the hardship of locals who are hit hard by the shortage of essential supplies, including fuel, salt and medicines, he said.

Tarai-Madhesh Democratic Party (TMDP) leader Babu Lal Sah, on the other hand, said the UDMF was relaxing the agitation considering people’s concerns. But other protest programmes remain intact, he maintained.

Binod Giri, chairman of Rautahat Bus Entrepreneurs Association, said the public vehicles will resume their service from tomorrow itself.