Strike paralyses nine districts of eastern Nepal

Normal life was paralysed in nine districts of eastern Nepal after a local council and four other ethnic groups enforced a shutdown demanding more rights and representation in the new constitution.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2011, 00:40 AM IST

Kathmandu: Normal life was paralysed in
nine districts of eastern Nepal on Wednesday after a local council
and four other ethnic groups enforced a shutdown demanding
more rights and representation in the new constitution.

This was the fourth consecutive day that the strike was
imposed.

Vehicular movement ground to a halt and most markets and
educational institutions remained closed in the nine districts
which included Ilam, Jhapa, Panchthar, Morang and Sunsari.

The Limbuwan Federal State Council said in a statement
that they will allow educational institutions to operate from
tomorrow.

The groups are demanding that their representatives be
allowed to be part of the State Restructure Commission, which
was formed by the government recently to suggest a federal
structure for the country in the new constitution.

PTI