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Bandh affects normal life in 10 districts; Weapons, apparently hidden by then Maoist rebels, found in Jajarkot


KATHMANDU: Normal life in ten districts affected largely on Sunday due to bandh (shut-down strike) called by poll opposing 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist.

The bandh was called in the districts proposed for Tamsaling state and includes Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Ramechap, Sindhuli, Rasuwa, Chitwan, Dhading, Nuwakot and Makwanpur.

Cadres of CPN-Maoist have vandalized and torched a passenger bus in Kavre for defying the bandh called by the party on Sunday. The bus (Ba 2 Kha 5672), en route to Melamchi from the Capital, was torched by the CPN-Maosit cadres at Dhulikhel this morning. However, no passenger was hurt in the inferno. Police personnel doused the fire.

Likewise, journalist Dev Raj KC was attacked for traveling on a motorcycle during the banda in Banepa. KC has sustained an injury near his eye during the attack.

The alliance enforced the banda demanding postponement of the stipulated date of the Constituent Assembly (CA) election and resignation of the Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi led election government. Transportation along the East-West highway has been disrupted because of the bandh.

Meanwhile, the locals retaliated against the CPN-Maoist cadres in Dolakha district opposing the bandh called by the party. Locals in Banepa have also fought against the bandh. Businessmen protested against the bandh, arguing that a bandh ahead of the festival is harmful for their business. This sparked a clash between the locals and bandh enforcers. The local police have taken nine into custody including UCPN-Maoist district in-charge Chudamani Gautam. Others arrested are central committee member Kancha Ram Tamang, and party cadres Gita Rasaili, Khij Raj Neupane, Suntali Tamang, Gopal Ghimire, Krishna Sundras and Anil Rayamajhi.

With the approaching election of the constituent assembly, there have been security threats in different parts of the country. A cache of lethal weapons, apparently hidden by the then Maoist rebels, has been discovered in a jungle at Khalanga VDC in the district on Sunday.

The weapons include 44 three-naught-three (303) rifles and a mortar, according to DSP Chakra Bahadur Singh at the District Police Office, Jajarkot. The weapons were packed in sacks and hidden in the Raniban area.

Organising a press conference, DSP Singh said that a police team led by Inspector Ram Bahadur Chand found the weapons at around 2 pm today. An investigation has been initiated to find out who hid the weapons, police said.

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