VP Jha supporters take to streets

JANAKPURDHAM: Madhes bandh called by Joint Madhesi Morcha (JMM) protesting Supreme Court's ruling against Vice President Parmananda Jha, brought life to a standstill in different Tarai districts today.

Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum, Tarai Madhes Democratic Party , Sadbhawana Party-Anandidevi and Sadbhawana Party -Mahato of the JMM have called a one-day Madhes bandh protesting the apex court's order, which had served a seven-day ultimatum to VP Jha to retake oath of office in Nepali.

Police held four agitators Dinesh Yadav, Jivchha Shah, Suresh Yadav and Lalit Mandal of MJF who were forcing the closure of shops in Ramanandachowk in Janakpur on Saturday.

The protestors burnt tyres in Ramanandachowk and obstructed the flow of traffic when the police intervened.

ASI Binay Singh Danuwar sustained minor burn in his hand when the protestors attacked him, the Dhanusha District Police Office said.

Youth Forum district chairman Mukesh Yadav was injured when police rained batons on the agitators, Mandal said, adding, three MJF cadres were injured in the melee.

The agitators also obstructed Janakpur-Jaynagar railway while markets, industries and transportation remained closed in Janakpur. The protestors also burnt the copies of the Nagarik and Republica dailies in Janakpur today alleging that the dailies carried one-sided news in connection to the oath row.

In Inaruwa of Sunsari, police rounded up 11 agitators. Inaruwa remained tense as protestors vandalised a truck. The detained in the melee included MJF district chairman SN Meheta, Mahendra Yadav, Gulab Sharma and Rajendra Shah. They were released later in the afternoon, District Police Office, said.

Similarly, Duhabi and Bhantabari areas remained closed as protestors surged through the street.

In Nawalparasi and Parasi vehicular movement came to a complete halt. However, the traffic resumed on the East-West highway.

Although the MJF cadres closed down shops, markets and industries in the morning, they were reopened in the afternoon, following a request from businessmen, MJF district chairman, Kailash Mahato said.