Women leaders join relay hunger strike

Rautahat, October 2

Women leaders from Madhes-based parties joined the relay hunger strike, which has been continuing for the last four days, at Gaur-Bairganiya border in Rautahat today.

Former Constituent Assembly members Rambha Devi Nilam Barma, Kiran Thakur, Shova Devi, Gita Kushwaha and Sakuntala Patel, among other female leaders, joined the strike at Dasgaja area. All imports and exports were halted today due to the strike.

As per the central level decision of United Democratic Madhesi Front, agitators have been carrying out 24-hour relay hunger strike on the border since Monday, bringing vehicular movement to a complete halt.

Meanwhile, on the 49th day of the general strike enforced by the Madhesi Front in central Tarai, marketplaces at major places, including district headquarters Gaur, remained shut today. Commoners are having a hard time while educational institutions, among other establishments, remained shut.

Similarly, revenue collection at almost all revenue offices across the district was affected owing to the non-cooperation movement launched by the UDMF from today. As per the movement, the locals have been asked not to pay taxes.