Residents of Kathmandu have defied the Netra Bikram Chand led Nepal Communist Party had called for a nationwide general strike today – however, it seems to have had little success.
Transport – public and private seem to operating as normal and markets have opened for business. Except for a few schools, lives of valley residents remain largely unaffected.
The valley has seen an increase in security though, with security forces patrolling and keeping guard critical junctions. The Nepalese Army, early morning diffused two IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) in Suryabinayak, Bhaktapur.
Certain areas outside the valley seem to have been affected due to the bandh, especially Nepal’s western region, where the party has a strong hold. Aawaaj is collecting information and will report duly.
Why was the strike called?
Netra Bikram Chand led Nepal Communist Party, a faction which separated from the Nepal Communist Party (Maoist Centre) in 2014 after disagreements is protesting the arrest of their spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma (Prakanda). Bishwokarma was arrested from Dakshinkali area on ‘extortion charges’.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has ordered the government to produce the leader before court within 48 hours.