Bandh shuts Tarai

A shutdown called by the Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (MJF) affected normal life in districts of the Tarai today. In Nawalparasi, six vehicles were vandalised at Harkatta along Mahendra Highway. MJF cadres vandalised the three trucks and three buses when they were being escorted by the police. Police arrested 11 persons in this connection.
The MJF had called the one-day bandh to demand the safe release of its Kathmandu valley in-charge Jeetendra Shah abducted by the Young Communist League (YCL).
Most educational institutions and industries in Kalaiya and adjoining areas remained closed, while vehicles did not ply on the Birgunj-Pathlaiya road section, Mahendra Highway and Pathlaiya-Hetauda section of Tribhuvan Highway.
The effects of the bandh were also felt in Mahottari, Bardiya, Nepalgunj, Birgunj, Rautahat, Saptari, Siraha, Biratnagar, Dhanusha, Sarlahi and Kapilvastu. Kapilvastu district MJF chairperson Prakash Pandey said no untoward incident was reported anywhere in the region.
The bandh, however, had no effect in Jhapa.

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