Indian tourists stranded in Nepal due to strike
Last Updated: Thursday, May 06, 2010, 15:07
  
Kathmandu: Scores of Indian tourists have been stranded at Beni in Myagdi district of northern Nepal due to an indefinite general strike launched by Maoists in a bid to topple the country's government.

More than 100 tourists returning from trekking in Dhaulagiri and Jomsom areas in northern Nepal have been stranded in Beni, according to Nepal Tourism Board.

Local authorities are providing them with shelter and food and efforts are being made to evacuate them, said Sarad Pradhan, communication officer at NTB.

From Lamjung district around 50 foreign tourists have been rescued yesterday as they were stranded due to the strike, he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, over 400 Indian tourists who were stranded in famous tourist town of Pokhara in western Nepal were rescued with the help of security forces, he said.

They have been sent back to India in 11 buses with police escort after they were unable to return, he said.

Tourism is hard hit by the Maoists' indefinite strike beginning from May 2 to topple the government and to establish a Maoist led government.

In Kathmandu, all the seven casinos have been shut down since Tuesday due to the indefinite strike, according to sources close to the casino.

Indian visitors comprise main clientele of these casinos being operated in the premises of five star hotels.

As the Indian visitors' arrival significantly declined due to the strike, these casinos had to shut down their operation.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, May 06, 2010, 15:07


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