Kathmandu: Intensifying moves to topple
the government, the Maoists on Wednesday laid siege to the country`s
power centre Singhdurbar as their cadres crippled life in the
capital for the fourth day in a row, prompting the Prime
Minister to hold confabulations with foreign envoys on the
Premier Madhav Kumar Nepal met diplomatic heads
including Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood and US envoy Delisi
Scott as Maoists cadres carrying sticks and red banners
blocked all approach roads leading to the country`s key
administrative building complex, in an attempt to pressurise
the government to quit and also enforced a complete shutdown
throughout the country.
Talking tough, Maoists former guerrilla turned party
chief Prachanda warned that they did not intend to relent and
asked his cadres to further intensify the protest.
Thousands of Maoist supporters surrounded the
Singhdurbar building which houses the Prime Minister`s Office
as well as the Parliament building from 5 AM in the morning to
prevent ministers from attending office as hundreds of
tourists including foreign nationals remained stranded in the
city-centre and food stocks and medicines supplies ran low.
However, officials said that 9-10 ministers upstaged
the protesters by reaching the office before 5 AM.
The enforcement of complete shutdown by the Maoists
raised the spectre of a political confrontation with reports
coming in of the ruling coalition parties organising
anti-Maoist rallies in southern and western Nepal.
With the essential supplies drying up in the capital,
the authorities manage to sneak in some essential daily use
food items in truck convoys escorted by armed policemen.
Meanwhile, people have started organising anti-Maoist
demonstrations in various parts of the country to show protest
against the indefinite strike.
In Janakpur town in southern Nepal activists
belonging to Madhesi Peoples Rights Forum (Democratic)
organised protest rally shouting anti-Maoists slogans.
Similarly, in Syangja district in western Nepal the
local people came to the street to oppose the Maoists strike
and opened the market.
In Solukhumbu district in northern Nepal Nepal
Students Union affiliated to ruling Nepali Congress organised
anti-Maoist rallies showing protest against the indefinite
In Bhaktapur district situated in the east of
Kathmandu after the locals opposed the Maoists’ protests and
opened some shops clash occurred between the Maoists and the
Yoth Force, a sister organisation of the ruling CPN-UML.