KATHMANDU: The day-long bandh called by the Unified CPN-Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League (YCL) paralysed normal life in three districts in the Kathmandu
Valley on Monday.
The youth wing of the UCPN-Maoist enforced the bandh to protest the mysterious death of its Kathmandu district committee member Rajendra Phuyal. His body was identified at the TU Teaching Hospital Sunday.
Vehicles stayed off the roads as baton-wielding Maoist cadres enforced the bandh at major intersections and in the inner city areas. Educational institutions, business establishments and industries remained shut.
Irate Maoist cadres disrupted vehicular traffic by burning tyres and putting up roadblocks. They also shouted anti-government slogans. They vandalised a two-wheeler, which belonged to a doctor, for defying the bandh at Chabahil.
More than a dozen vehicles, including many belonging to the media houses, were damaged at Sitapaila, Koteshwor, Gongabu among other areas.
Sporadic clashes between riot police and bandh enforcers were reported from various places in the Valley.
Police fired six rounds of teargas shells to disperse the agitators at Sorakhutte.
The public were at the receiving end due to the abrupt bandh. “I was not aware of it. I don’t know what to do now,” said Salon Sharma, who was stranded on his way to the office. Many tourists, who arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport, were left with no alternative but to brave the scorching heat and walk a long distance on foot to reach their destinations.
Sagar, Kathmandu in-charge of the YCL, apologised to the public for any inconvenience caused by the bandh. “We don’t want to create havoc and misbehave with journalists. That’s not our policy. But some people didn’t cooperate with us to make the bandh successful,” he explained. Sagar expressed his disappointment at the attacks on the vehicles of essential services that were exempted from the bandh.
The Maoists are demanding a high-level probe into the mysterious death of Phuyal.
Civilian supremacy ruse cripples Far-West
DADELDHURA: Normal life was crippled in the Far-West — Dadeldhura, Baitadi, Doti, Achham, Bajhang, Bajura and Darchula — on Monday due to the bandh called by UCPN-Maoist-affiliated Seti-Kali Rastriya Mukti Morcha. The stir was called to establish civilian supremacy in the nation and withdrawal of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav’s “unconstitutional move” to reinstate Chief of Army Staff Rookmungud Katawal.
Bandh enforcers ensured all government and private organisations were shut in the region. Ambulances and cars belonging to media houses were exempted from the stir. A passenger vehicle, which was bound for Baitadi, was vandalised.
Agitators ran amok at the Dipayal-based Regional Office of Monitoring and Supervision for defying the bandh. They also manhandled the employees of Regional Education
Directorate Office, Dipayal. Accham CDO and his staff also bore the stir brunt as the office was padlocked for a while. On Monday, the Maoists formed a peoples’ government in Mangalsen. The 11-member body is headed by Tej Prasad Dhungana.
Akkal Rawal, Maoist district secretary, threatened that the “people’s government” would remain active till the President revoked his decision.
The ex-rebels plan to form a similar body in all 75 districts across the
nation. — HNS