CPN-Maoist cadres gather at Kalanki Chowk in Kathmandu as office-goers and others walk...
A nation-wide general strike enforced by Nepal Federal People's Republic Front paralysed life in almost all parts of the country, on Wednesday.
The front, which comprises fringe left parties, also includes the Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist, a break-away faction of the ruling UCPN (Maoist) party. The front has demanded that the Prime Minister put in his papers, and all parties agree to form a government of national unity be to conduct elections. The strike was called off at 5 pm.
Police said it briefly detained over 45 bandh enforcers from across the country after they resorted to vandalism. In the Kathmandu Valley alone, police detained nine people. Incidents of vandalism were reported also reported in Dang, Nepalganj, Simara, Dhankuta and Sunsari, among others.
Bandh enforcers vandalised four motorcycles in Balkhu, Lagankhel, Gaushala and Kupandol of the Kathmandu Valley.
Similarly, a taxi was attacked in Battisputali of Kathmandu, while a van in Dhankuta, a motorcycle in Morang, a bus in Hetauda, a truck, van and a bus of Indian number plate in Jitpur of Bara, and a truck and bus in Dhanusha were vandalised.
Protestors pelted stones at a building of Asian Paints in Makwanpur. The Karnali Development Bank of Nepalgunj was also vandalised, police said. nepalnews.com