A countrywide general strike called by a splinter group of CPN (Maoist) has affected normal life across Nepal including the capital Kathmandu.
The ‘bandh’ was called by the faction led by Netra Bikram Chand to protest against rising food prices and for ensuring food security.
Thousands of commuters faced hardship and security agencies escorted vehicles in highways to ease vehicular movement.
Only a few public transport vehicles are seen plying on the capital's roads, but many vehicles with private number plates operated unimpeded.Maoist cadre vandalised at least a dozen heavy and light vehicles across the country, police said.
At least 76 people were arrested from various parts of Kathmandu for trying to enforce the strike, said Pradyumna Karki, spokesman of the metropolitan police, Kathmandu.Shops and businesses are mostly closed, as were schools, colleges and other educational institutions.Police have arrested people trying to enforce the strike the moment they are seen on the streets.
A large number of security personnel have been deployed in the capital’s streets to prevent any untoward incident.No incident of arson or violence by the Chand-led Maoist cadre has been reported yet.