Over 350 cabs taken under control as they stage protest against lockdown

Published On: June 30, 2020 03:39 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 30: Traffic police have taken control of more than 350 cabs from the Kathmandu Valley as taxi drivers staged protests in different places of the capital by parking taxis on the roadside.

According to the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD), cabs were taken under control from major places such as Baneshwar, Thapathali, Gongabu, Bhadrakali, among others.

On Tuesday, taxi drivers staged protests demanding the government allow cabs to operate. They also showed placards bearing messages such as: “Let us work, government”, “We will die of hunger, not COVID-19”, among others.

According to a traffic police officer, the taxis were not fined. “The taxis were just taken under control. The taxis under our control will be released after order from the MTPD,” said an on-duty traffic police officer at Tripureshwar.

Taxi drivers hit the streets as the government on Monday decided to extend the ongoing lockdown until July 22.

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