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NEFIN goes unruly, vandalizes press, ambulances to enforce banda

Riot police charge at protesters suspected of creating trouble during the three-day general strike called by the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), in Kathmandu May 20, 2012. The general strike was called to demand the names and territories of the 11 federal states and guarantee of rights of indigenous nationalities in the new constitution, according to local media. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Riot police charge at protesters suspected of creating trouble during the three-day general strike called by the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), in Kathmandu May 20, 2012. The general strike was called to demand the names and territories of the 11 federal states and guarantee of rights of indigenous nationalities in the new constitution, according to local media. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

KATHMANDU: The general strike called by Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities’ (NEFIN) band brought businesses, marketplaces, transportation, academic institutions to a grinding halt across the nation on Sunday.

Unlike other bandas so far, band enforcers too the streets across the nation and stopped vehicular movement, even rickshaws, across the nation.

Despite their earlier commitment to allow press, amublances, and diplomatic missions, they deviated from it and vandalized vehicles of press personals and even obstructed visiting Bangladheshi Ministers’ carcade in Gaushala.

Band enforcers vandalized vehicle of Kantipur Television ( Ba 1 Cha 5537) at Jorpati, pelted stones at the vehicle of Avenues TV(BA 1 Cha 4558) at Chabahil and Tinchule.

Bandh supporters also burnt a motorcycle( Ba 20 Pa 3899) belonging to the cameraman of the Himalaya TV, Y P Ghimire, at Gwarko in the morning.

Meanwhile, a disorderly mob forcefully entered some of the closed shops in Patan and threw out the vegetables on the road.

According to police, sixteen bandh enforcers have been held from Chabahil, Bouddha and Thamel.

Image TV’s scribe Hari Sharma has been also manhandled by the agitating riots in Nawalparasi.

NEFIN has enforced the strike to press the government and political parties for ethnic federalism and to incorporate the rights of indigenous nationalities in the new statute.

Meanwhile the Reporters Club Nepal has condemned the attack on press personals. President of the Club, Rishi Dhamala, said that the attack on press was against the norm of free press and appealed all sides to restraint from attacking the press.

Published Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2012 | 07:51 PM

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