Saturday, April 28, 2007

Maoists halt transport services in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, April 28. (PTI): Maoists protesting against the police beating of a taxi driver today disrupted transport services in different parts of the Nepalese Capital during an indefinite strike called by the former rebels.

The vehicles were halted at different places including Kalimati, Kalanki, Tripureshwor, Koteshwor, Swoyambhu, Balkhu, Satdobato and Baneshwor.

The Maoists said, they were protesting against the beating of a trade union member belonging to their sister concern by the police yesterday and their strike will go indefinitely.

The Maoist cadres, wearing red caps, forcibly stopped taxis, cars, buses and motorcycles at various points in the city creating blockades and snatched keys from those who did not stop.

The policemen did not stop the former rebels from halting the vehicles in Kalimati, main market place of Kathmandu, eye-witnesses said.

This is the first time after joining the Government that a transport strike has been called by the Maoists.

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