MAOIST ACTIONS: Police, Maoist cadres clash at New Baneshwar (December 20, 2009)

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: Supporters of Unified CPN (Maoist) clashed with police when the latter tried to foil their road blockade at New Baneshwar on Sunday, TV channels reported.

Police fired five tear gas shells to disperse a rampaging mob of Maoist cadres who burnt tires in the middle of the square at New Baneshwar to prevent passage of vehicles during the aam hartal (general strike) enforced by the party for reestablishing “civilian supremacy”. The situation is tense, the channels added.

Meanwhile, police control room in Kathmandu said the Maoists cadres have so far vandalized 16 vehicles throughout the country. In total, 37 cadres, including six in the capital, have been arrested, the police added.

Although the strike has forced vehicles off the road, people were seen walking to their office and other destinations. Singha Durbar has recorded a “healthy attendance” despite the banda, an official told Republica. Private business establishments have also opened, although the number is not known yet.

Meanwhile, RSS reportd that the Maoists vandalized and torched seven vehicles Sunday morning for defying the general strike their party has called.

Maoist activists torched and destroyed a passenger bus at Pathari of Morang. They also vandalized four vehicles at Urlabari.

In Tankisinwari, Maoists set a load truck on fire for refusing to comply with the banda call. A tractor was also torched at Biratnagar chowk.

Police said Maoist supporters torched the night bus (Na 2 Kha 3652) bound to Ilam from Pokhara at Jaya chowk early Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, life has remained paralyzed on the first day of the three-day-long strike in the Eastern Region.

Vehicular movement, markets, educational institution and factories have remained closed.

Published on on 2009-12-20 11:55:06