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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Kathmandu goes on strike against civilian killings

[b]Kathmandu goes on strike against civilian killings[/b]

[b] Kathmandu, 17 December, ([/b] A strike called by Nepal's agitating seven parties against the killings of civilians by a Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) soldier in Nagarkot Wednesday night crippled normal life in Kathmandu Valley Friday.

Vehicles stayed off major roads in the valley's Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts.

Angry protestors punctured tires of bikers who defied the strike while some vehicles plying on the roads were smashed. All the major shopping outlets in the capital were closed and so were schools and private businesses.

Protestors clashed with and pelted bricks at riot police in several places in Kathmandu, including Putalisadak and Baneswore. Police had to resort to firing teargas shells and to baton charge in these areas. At least half a dozen students were arrested from campuses.

In Bhaktapur, the district where RNA soldier Basudev Thapa killed a dozen civilians in a temple Wednesday night, there were extremely violent clashes between riot police and protestors. At least 11 injured policemen were brought to the emergency ward in the hospital. A nurse at the hospital informed Asian Tribune that one of them was serious and was rushed in an ambulance to Kathmandu in the afternoon. Two protestors were also injured.

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