Student groups protesting fuel price hike bar NOC officials from entering office
Students affiliated to various political parties holding phase-wise protest programs against recent hike in prices of petroleum products have barred officials and staff of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) from entering their central office in the capital.
They are staging sit-in demonstration in front of NOC’s central office to prevent its officials and staff from entering the office since 10 am in the morning.
NOC officials were not immediately available to comment on the issue.
Warning that they would not withdraw their protests until NOC rolls back its recent decision to raise the prices of petroleum products, the student groups had earlier prohibited gas stations in Kathmandu Valley from selling petroleum products for three days. Because of this there were long queues of vehicles in front of gas stations run by the army and the police.
Activists of Nepali Congress affiliated Nepal Students Union (NSU) and UCPN (Maoist) aligned All Nepal Independent Students Union-Revolutionary also staged demonstrations and enforced vehicular strike in front of government colleges in the capital last week against the hike in prices of petroleum products.
The students unions are agitated by the state-owned NOC’s decision to raise the prices of petroleum products twice in one month (NOC had increased petro prices on August 10 this year). nepalnews.com