Students’ bandh against petro price hike paralyses Kathmandu Valley

Various students unions demanding withdrawal of government decision to increase the prices of the petroleum products have enforced a Valley bandh (shutdown strike) on Wednesday.

The strike has crippled normal life in the capital Kathmandu and adjoining Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts since early morning as vehicles have stayed off the road and shops and marketplaces including educational institutions remained closed due to the bandh.

Commuters across the city as well as office goers are having a harrowing time reaching their destination as no private or public vehicles are being allowed to ply on the road by protest organisers demonstrating in the street.

Today’s Valley bandh is part of the already announced protest program by 13 studnets’ unions to exert pressure on the government to withdraw the decision to increase the prices of the petroleum products.

They have said that their protest will not be called back until the government scraps its decision to increase the prices of petrol, diesel, Kerosene and LP Gas.

However, no incidence of violence including stone pelting, lathi charge or firing of tear gas shells have been reported so far.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies on Tuesday formed a five-member committee coordinated by Vice-chairman of National Planning Commission, Dipendra Bahadur Chhetri, for the price adjustment of the petro products. nepalnews.com

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