Kathmandu: More than 1,000 protesters
were on Sunday arrested as agitators belonging to an indigenous
group demanding timely drafting of Nepal`s constitution
torched vehicles in the capital, crippling normal life.
Nepal`s Indigenous People`s Federation enforced
countrywide transport strike to press for timely drafting of
Life was paralysed as private and public transport
services came to a complete halt and educational institutions
remained closed in response to the call by NIPF.
However, markets remained partially opened and
factories also operated during the strike.
Minor clashes occurred between the police and the
protesters at different places of Kathmandu. At least 1,000
agitators were arrested here after they clashed with the
police. The agitators also organised demonstrations shouting
slogans in favour of their ethnic demands.
Besides the capital city Kathmandu other major parts
of the country were also affected by the strike.
Sunday was the final day of their month long agitation
programme to press for their demands which includes concluding
the peace process at the earliest timely drafting of the
constitution and addressing the demands relating to the rights
of the indigenous people in the new constitution.