Many people in Kathmandu who were affected by the traffic jam caused by the Maoists today expressed their anger in personal conversation and twitter even as ex-rebels sang, danced and recited poems while picketing at the front gate of the central administrative complex of Nepal.
Thousands of Maoist cadres reached in front of Singha Durbar (the central secretariat complex). Their leader, the chairman of the Unified CPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda) went later to encourage them. The Maoists are running the second phase of their protests aimed at establishing ‘civilian supremacy’ in the country. Others feel they are just trying to establish their own supermacy. The bad thing is they plan to do the same tomorrow (Friday) as well. Maoists intended to stop ministers and government employees from entering the office complex. But the ministers and secretaries entered Singhadurbar prior to the commencement of protest.
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The top leaders were scattered towards the different entry points to Singha Durbar. Prachanda led this cadres from Bhadrakali, the west gate, where as his deputy, the vice chairman, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai was seen at Maitighar Mandala, the southern side. Narayan Kaji Shrestha was at the Padmodaya junction, west, and leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara at Kathmandu District Administration Office, south east.
Likewise, Amik Sherchan led the protest from Road Division office (south), Dev Gurung from Hanumansthan (south east), Netra Bikram Chand from eastern gate of Singhadurbar and Giriraj Mani Pokharel from Kalikasthan (north west).
Transportation was been largely affected in the capital while it has come to a grinding halt around Singhadurbar area due to the Maoist protest. General people were forced to rush towards their destinations a few hours earlier as its uncertain what’s going to happen next, reported eKantipur.
The government, on its part, had relaxed the restricted zone around Singha Durbar so as to avoid the direct confrontation with the Maoists. But the government deployed 10 thousand security men around Singha Durbar, according to Jay Mukunda Khanal, spokesperson for the Home Ministry. The police said at least 10 Maoists and 2 police personnel were injured during the day long demonstration.
Detailed coverage in eKantipur:
1. Govt relaxes restricted zone around Singhdurbar http://bit.ly/1oiwPd
2. नाचगान, मुक्तक, कविता, प्रहसन सुनाउँदै देखाउँदै माओवादीद्वारा सिंहदरवार घेराउ
3. Maoists picket Singha Durbar, lawmakers injured during clash http://tinyurl.com/yg6cpwo