KATHMANDU, June 18: Employees of Bajeko Sekuwa have urged the government to open all outlets of the popular eatery chain.
The government last week sealed six Bajeko Sekuwa outlets as part of its investigation against a gold smuggling racket after finding involvement of the eatery chain's owner in the racket.
All Bajeko Sekuwa workers gathered at the Anamnagar outlet on Sunday and appealed to the government to allow the restaurants to resume normal operations, arguing that the outlets have been sealed in connection to a personal case.
The employees argued that the government's act has affected livelihood of around 150 families.
The government sealed six out of 10 Bajeko Sekuwa outlets of Kathmandu Valley as per the instruction of a high-level investigation team that is looking into gold smuggling.
Earlier, Ministry of Home Affairs had filed a case against Bajeko Sekuwa promoter Chetnath Bhandari at Morang District Court, suspecting their involvement in gold smuggling and murder of Sanam Shakya.
The employees also said that they would register an appeal at the Ministry of Home Affairs, urging the ministry to reopen all Bajeko Sekuwa outlets, arguing that Bajeko Sekuwa Private Limited, which operates all the eateries, is a separate entity.
“The decision to seal all outlets has affected the livelihood of restaurant workers. We urge the government to revoke its decision at the earliest,” Sudhir Bikram Shah, an employee, added.