Shutdown cripples life in Nepal

June 15th, 2009 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, June 15 (ANI): Traffic has come to a standstill here today as cadres affiliated to the Young Communist League (YCL) and other Maoist affiliated organisations called an impromptu shutdown protesting against the suspicious death of their fellow cadre.

Maoist cadres are obstructing traffic by staging demonstrations and burning tires at various places in Kathmandu since early morning.

The Maoists have organised the shutdown protesting against the suspicious death of a their cadre Rajendra Phuyal.

The body of Rajendra Phuyal, a district committee member of the Unified CPN (Maoist) was found at the mortuary of the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Sunday. Phuyal was missing for almost a week.

Maoists and the kin of the deceased have accused the UML-affiliated Youth Force of killing Phuyal after abducting him and the police of trying hide the details of the death. Phuyal had died on Thursday, but the police informed the kin only on Sunday, Maoists have said.

Police said, they found Phuyal unconscious on the roadside and he died while he was being taken to the hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, the politburo meeting of the Unified CPN (Maoist) scheduled for today has been postponed till tomorrow in protest of the ‘killing’ of their cadre, nepalnews reported. (ANI)

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