KATHMANDU: As the political parties have been preparing for the elections of the Constituent Assembly, UCPN-Maoist has called Kathmandu, Chitwan and Gorkha districts bandh (shut-down strike) against arrest of its cadre allegedly involved in murder of a civilian.
The party called the bandh from 8 a.m. this morning one day after the Teej Festival the greatest festival of Nepali women. Many women, who were going to parent’s home stranded due to the strike. The party announced the bandh saying that the incidents related with war should be dealt through Truth and Reconciliation Commission and it is not appropriate time to investigate war related incidents. Maoist Chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and senior party leader Dr. Baburam Bhattrai, who reached Dhangadhi on Friday to attend the party function, directed the party cadres to enforce the bandh from there. The party informed that the bandh will be called off from 6p.m. this evening.
Police on Friday arrested Ram Prasad Adhikari of Chitwan in connection with murder of Krishna Prasad Adhkari of Fujel VDC, Gorkha district. A joint team of Chitwan and Kathmandu police nabbed Adhikari, one of the murder accused from Bagbazar, Kathmandu. He has been ferried to Chitwan last night following the arrest.
Police arrested the murder accused Ram Prasad as per the demand of Nanda Prasad and Gangamaya Adhikari, parents of deceased Krishna Prasad Adhikari, who have been staging fast-onto-death since more than a month demanding action against perpetrators involved in the murder of their son. The government forced to arrest the criminal following pressure from national and international human rights communities.
Adhikari couple is in intensive care unit of Bir Hospital and the government was making preparations to force feed them. General people, who faced problem from early morning due to sudden bandh have been expressing their anger against the party as the bandh was announce ahead of the great festival of Hindu woman. The party announced the bandh on late Friday evening.
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