Roads open as bandh ends
Today’s bandh, called by 33-party alliance of poll opposing parties led by CPN-Maoist, ended as the clock stroke 5pm. The parties had called the bandh to exert pressure on the government to fulfill their demands, which includes holding an all-party round-table conference and changing the interim government.
“We are forced to call this bandh to make those holding seats in the government to listen to our demands,” said CPN-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhusal, speaking to a television channel.
Kathmandu Valley and eastern part of the country had been paralyzed by the bandh. Vehicles were grounded and major business areas were closed in the afternoon. However, no serious events of violence were reported today.
In the afternoon, the police prevented a clash between a group from the opposing parties and common people who were rising against the bandh at Sundhara, Kathmandu. The group had been rallying and calling an end to bandh culture.
As the day ends, restaurants and shops are opening and vehicles have started running again.