The normal life in the Kathmandu Valley [and in other major cities in the country]has been hit hard on the first day of the indefinite general shutdown imposed by the Unified CPN (Maoist) on Sunday demanding resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Hundreds of Maoist cadres and supporters have gathered at the major thoroughfares and junctions in the Capital since early morning to enforce the shutdown, more popularly known as banda.
Public and private vehicles remained off the road and thousands of people have been forced to walk towards their destination. The entire market places, schools, colleges and industries have been closed down due to the Maoist strike.
Ambulances, vehicles of diplomatic missions, press and other emergency services, however, have plied the roads in the Capital Valley without any obstruction.
Security has been beefed up in Kathmandu taking into account the possibility of violence. However, no unpleasant incident has been reported as yet.
Along with his family members and neighbours, this man came to take part in the Maoist agitation from Parsa district in the southern plains. This man cannot speak Nepali clearly and is very new to Kathmandu. He even doesn’t know where he is staying here.
The Maoists have brought in thousands of people like him to the capital “to make their stir against the government decisive.”
The Maoists, who stepped down from the government last year following their differences with the president over the reinstatement of the then army chief sacked the Cabinet led by them, have termed the incumbent coalition government as unnatural. They have taken to the streets demanding that a national unity government be formed in their
Keshav P. Koirala