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Martadi returns to normalcy

BAJURA , MAY 07 -  

Martadi, the district headquarters of Bajura, retuned to normalcy from Tuesday evening following the government's assurance to heed the demands of protesting Bajurali folks.

The agitating parties-UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist-called off their strike while the District Administration Office lifted curfew clamped in and around Martadi from 3 pm. The major political parties and the locals called indefinite strike for past three days when the installation of bailey bridge across the Budhiganga river was halted as per the instruction of Ministry of Physical Planning and Works.  They have been demanding to construct the bridge and upgrade the road that links Martadi.

The protest programme was called off as secretary of Physical Planning and Works Tulasi Sitaula sent a letter assuring to resume the construction the bridge and upgrade the road stretch.

Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, Martadi remained tense due to the sporadic clashes between the protesters and the police. The security personnel lobbed dozens of tear gas canisters and resorted baton charge to take the situation under control.

The local administration clamped curfew as the enraged protesters torched the residence of Chief District Officer Bhabishwor Pandey. Deputy Superintendent of Police Janak Raj Pandey also sustained injuries due to the stones pelted by the mob.

Posted on: 2013-05-07 01:37