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No more pillion riding in Nepal

The Govt banned pillion riding in Nepal after it noticed Maoists on motocycles attacking candidates.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 15:13 IST

Stepping up security arrangements ahead of the local body polls, Nepal's royal government on Saturday banned pillion riding in Kathmnandu.

This was done after government noted motorcycle-borne Maoists attacking the election candidates and security personnel.

"No pillion riding (will be allowed) from Saturday till February 11 in all three districts of Kathmandu valley," said a notice issued by District Administration Offices of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.

The Maoists have been found using motorcycles to attack poll candidates and security men, the notice said.

It also said that people must carry identification cards while moving in public places.

Meanwhile, 17 poll candidates, including one from Kathmandu, withdrew their nominations mainly due to security reasons, The Kathmandu Post reported.

A Ward chairman candidate from Kathmandu, six contestants from Biratnagar, eight from Rajbiraj and one each from Hetauda and Inaruwa municipalities withdrew the nominations in the wake of the Maoist threat and the seven-party opposition alliance's call for boycott of the February 8 polls.