Transportation was disrupted while markets and educational institutions remained partially closed in Taplejung, Ilam, Sankhuwasabha, Sunsari, Morang, Jhapa, among other districts.
The bandh enforcers torched two motorcycles at in Jhapa district for defying the strike. They intercepted a motorcycle at Budhabare stretch along Mechi Highway and set the vehicle ablaze. Similarly, the Limbuwan activists torched another motorcycle at Duwagadhi-4, police said.
According to media reports transport entrepreneurs and workers vandalized and padlocked the office of the FLSC in Sankhuwasabha district in retaliation. They vented their ire at the FLSC activists after the latter torched a Khandbari-bound tractor on Sunday.
In Ilam, various organizations including Ilam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Human Rights Forum issued separate statements urging the council to withdraw the protracted strike. They also criticized the authorities concerned for not taking any initiatives to end the protest.
Meanwhile, issuing a statement the FLSC said police intervened in their protest program and arrested 27 activists. The ethnic group demanded unconditional release of its cadres arrested from Dhankuta and provide treatment for the injured.
The FLSC central Chairman Kumar Lingden said the council would not hold talks with the Khila Raj Regmi-led government. “We would hold talks with the top leaders of four major parties only.” Although the strike has been affecting the normal life in various districts of Eastern Nepal but the state and major political parties failed to pay heed to the issue as the government is facing crisis following the recommendation of Lokman Singh Karki for the top post of Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority.
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