Maoist hardliners halt vehicular movement on highways

KATHMANDU: Dissenting the decision of the Special Committee (for supervision, integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants) to hand over the security of the fifteen Maoist cantonments across the country to the Nepali Army, Maoist hardliners led by the party’s senior Vice Chairman Mohan Baidhya staged an hour-long chakkajam across the country from 10-11 am, on Wednesday.

Due to the vehicular shutdown, the regular flow of vehicles was affected on BP Highway, Araniko Highway, and Mahendra Highway, Metropolitan Traffic Police Division confirmed.

The hour-long chakkajam also influenced commuters and riders in the capital.

Meanwhile, 16 demonstrators and chakkajam enforcers have been detained in Gorkha, said DSP Basanta Bahadur Kunwar.

The dissident Maoists have protested the handover of Maoist cantonments, weapons and former combatants to the Nepali Army as a surrender and betrayal to the proletarian’s revolution.

Nepali Army had fought with the Maoist insurgents during the decade long insurgency.

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