Indian tourists stranded in Nepal due to strike

Last Updated: Thursday, May 6, 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 6, 2010 - 15:07

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