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Disease dampen Maoists strike

world Updated: May 05, 2010 00:59 IST
Utpal Parashar

Hundreds of demonstrators are falling sick as the indefinite strike called by Maoists in Nepal to remove the government continued the third consecutive day on Tuesday.

The protestors who have been demonstrating in Kathmandu and other towns since Sunday are falling prey to diarrhea, unhygienic food and water, improper sanitation and fatigue.

Nepal’s main opposition party, UCPN (Maoist), is demanding resignation of PM Madhav Kumar Nepal and formation of a national unity government headed by them to ensure completion of the peace and constitution drafting processes within the May 28 deadline.

“Nearly 300 protestors are suffering from diarrhea, allergy, common cold and other ailments,” informed Mangal BK, president of All Nepal Public Health Workers Association, a sister organisation of UCPN (M).

Reports say that 40 Maoists are admitted in hospitals while 350 fell sick in Nepalganj and Dang. Rains also led hundreds to leave for their villages to plant maize and wheat crops.

Life in the capital remained crippled as shops, schools and offices remained closed on Tuesday as well. Although shops have been allowed to open for two hours in the evening, supplies are running short due to hoarding.

Home ministry officials informed that early on Tuesday morning armed police escorted few trucks filled with food and oil into the Kathmandu Valley to ensure adequate supply of essential goods.