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Band enters day 3, NEFIN Supremo’s double standard terrorizes Press

KATHMANDU: Nationwide band (general strike) called by the Joint Struggle Committee (JSC)- an alliance of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), Tharuhat Joint Struggle Committee (TJSC), and the Broader Madheshi Front (BMF)- continued for the third day in a row on Tuesday also.

Transportation, academic institutions, factories, industries, market places remained shut down since morning today across the nation and capital.

Normal life conditions in Far Western and Mid Western region, which had faced earlier strikes, have been doubly affected with this new strike.

In Imadol, Lalitpur, where protestors and locals clashed on Monday, locals have taken out a rally promoting ethnic harmony in the community.

Irate shutdown enforcers vandalised a vehicle ( Ba 9 Cha 2933) belonging to Mountain TV Gatthaghar in Bhaktapur and even impounded the vehicle until police intervened.

The demonstrators also vandalized a tourist bus ( Ba 1 Ya 430) at Bouddha this morning.

In Rupandehi all TV channels, FM Radios, Community Radio Stations, newspapers, have stopped their services for today as a protest against repeated astrocytes against media and media personals.

NEFIN cadres have singled out Press personals in the three day band so far and vandalized over 30 press vehicles and thrashed around two dozens of journalists affiliated to various media houses.

Though NEFIN Chairman Raj Kumar Lekhi has announced that his protestors were not involved in the attack, his own general secretary Ang Kaji Sherpa had issued death threats to leading journalists and the Federation of Nepalese Journalists.

NEFIN Chairman’s double standard on attacking press, ambulances and support given to him by Maoist Chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal has given extra muscles to the agitators on the streets, who under the influence of liquor have not left anyone with a vehicle untouched.

Meanwhile government and agitators are also scheduled to carry out talks again today. During their Monday talks, the agitators had denied to sign the six point document claiming that it was unclear and that some words were still missing in them.

Published Date: Monday, May 21st, 2012 | 09:21 PM

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