KATHMANDU, June 25: The normal life across the country has been affected due to the general strike called by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) group on Tuesday.
The outlawed Chand-led group called the nation-wide general strike in protest of the killing of its Sarlahi in-charge Kumar Poudel during the police encounter last week.
Major markets, shops, academic institutions, and business organizations in various parts of the country remained closed due to the strike. The government has beefed up security in major cities since early this morning.
Security agencies including Nepal Army defused improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted at 20 places including Kaski, Makawanpur, West-Rukum, and Kathmandu, according to Nepal Police Spokesperson Bishwaraj Pokharel.
The police have arrested seven strike enforcers from different parts of the country, according to the spokesperson.
Meanwhile, public transportation has been partly affected in the Kathmandu Valley while fewer private vehicles plying the roads.
Long route vehicles have been badly affected due to the general strike, according to our local correspondents.
What happened where?
A cadre of Chand-led group, Bhagirath Rai, 37, was arrested from Sukhedhara.
Two improvised explosive devices were defused in Morang
Public transportation has been obstructed along Naubise-Pokhara Prithvi Highway.
An IED and another suspicious object found in Udayapur
Public transportation affected
Two pressure cooker bombs found in Bardiya while public transportation and normal life highly affected
The CPN cadres exploded gas cylinders in Ramechhap