Normal life was paralysed in Nepal's Terai region as the indefinite strike called by an ethnic group, demanding greater rights, entered the ninth day on Thursday.
The strike called by the Tharuhat Joint Struggle Committee (TJSC) affected life in most southern Nepal districts, with Biratnagar, Jhapa, Sunsari, Saptari and Siraha being the most affected.
Educational institutions, government offices and business in the town remain shut while vehicles stayed off the road.
There is shortage of daily commodities and petroleum products in the capital while thousands of travellers have been stranded along the highways.
Meanwhile, agitating Tharuhat workers yesterday set ablaze nine village development committee buildings in western Nepal.
The agitators in the Terai have declined the government's call for a dialogue claiming the TJSC activists were suppressed by the police during their agitation.