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Life returns to normalcy‚ as bandh ended peacefully

  

Krishna Mani Baral

Kids playing on the road at Simalchaur of Pokhara as vehicles stayed off the road during the half day bandh called by CPN-M against price hike on Friday‚ September 14‚ 2012.

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KATHMANDU: Vehicles have started playing on the roads, and shopkeepers have pushed their shutters up as soon as the half day bandh called by CPN-M against price hike ended at 12 noon.

As vehicles stayed off the road for six hours, communing on Friday morning was a tough task but as soon as the duration of the imposed bandh ended, it has caused traffic congestion in different parts of Kathmandu.

College goers, vegetable sellers and government officials had tough time as public vehicles like micro-vans, tempos, buses didn’t run on the road.

Schools and colleges that run regular classes in the morning were closed owing to the shutdown.

CPN-M had revoked its earlier decision to impose a day-long in view of National Children’s Day and Teej festival on the threshold.

Besides demonstrations by the cadres of CPN-M, not any cases of vandalism were reported in the capital during the bandh. Still, police detained five cadres of CPN-M for forcefully imposing bandh from Bus park and Thamel.

As news reports aired, irate cadres vandalised a motorcycle of Press Union Kaski Chairman Siromani Baral at Chipledhunga in Pokhara.

Meanwhile, CPN-M has said that the bandh was successful and warned of armed struggle if government failed to curb the price hike and ‘ black marketing’ at the earliest.

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