Monday, February 18, 2008

Curfew in the Terai

So there is curfew again in the Terai... these are plains in the south of the country... remember that this does not affect travel to the mountains, and to Pokhara etc. Chitwan is slightly affected though.

Read the following article from

Local administrations have imposed curfew in different districts in Terai on the sixth day of indefinite bandh, which has terminally paralysed normal life there and in the eastern region on Monday as well.

Curfews have been imposed in parts of Bara, Parsa, Mahottari and Dhanusha districts after clashes intensified between protestors and security personnel. Dozens of policemen and protestors have been injured.

Officials have also declared Bara, Parsa and Dhanusha as riot-torn areas.

In Nepalgunj, the curfew clamped from Sunday has been continued on Monday.

Market places, educational institutions and private offices have been closed while vehicles remain away from the highways.

The effect of the strike is more severe today amid fears of fresh clashes between the police and bandh organisers. Reports say the local administrations of Terai districts have beefed up security.

The curfew in Saptari imposed since Sunday has been lifted while it continues in Nepalgunj. The agitators had burnt down a passenger bus in Siraha last night.

Similarly, the eastern districts also continue to be crippled by the indefinite general strike called by Limbuwans.

The United Madhesi Democratic Front called indefinite strike to put pressure on the government to meet its six point demands. The front has formed a team to hold talks with the government. The talks are yet to be held. ia/sd Feb 18 08

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