KATHMANDU: Normal life has been affected in different parts of the country today also owing to the Nepal bandh enforced by the Joint Struggle Committee against ethnicity-based federal states and for the recognition of Brahmins, Chhetris, Dasnamis and Dalits as indigenous
people.Groups of people affiliated to the committee are staging protests inthe Kathmandu valley’s major chowks, including Koteshwor, Baneshwor and Gongabu, Narayan Gopal Chowk, Kalanki, Chabahil and Guashala. On Thursday also, large number of Brahmins, Chhetris and their supporters obstructed vehicular movement and shouted slogans against ethnic states, which they said will disintegrate the country. Academic institutions, transportation services, businesses and shops have downed their shutters. For Prof Dil Bahadur Chhetri, president of the Chhetri Samaj, the government should recognise these people as indigenous and provide
them rights in keeping with the ILO 169, which deals with the rights of the indigenous and tribal people. The capital has been heavily policed today also to avert any untoward incident.
Police arrested around 60 enforcers in Kathmandu and 11 in Lalitpur during the Thursday’s bandh that saw vandalism of two taxis, seven buses and three motorbikes across the country.