Strike paralyses normal life in Nepal, more than 150 arrested
The CPN-Maoist faction led by Netra Bikram Chand enforced the strike. The protesters vandalised nine public buses and taxis in different parts of the capital for defying their call for the strike.
A truck driver was injured when Maoist cadres hurled a petrol bomb on moving vehicle in Rautahat district.
There was very thin movement of public and private transport services. Schools and colleges were closed due to the strike.
However, markets remained open in most of the places in the capital despite the strike.
The police arrested 62 protesters from Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur, according to the
Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Circle.
Nearly 90 agitators were arrested from Sarlahi, Kaski, Kalikot, Sunsari, Banke and Chitawan districts as they were trying to enforce the shut down. A large number of security personnel have been deployed on the streets of the capital to prevent any untoward incident.
CPN-Maoist, which is a splinter group of the main Maoist party, that is part of the government.The Maoists, who staged a ten-year insurgency against the state, entered mainstream politics in 2006.
The main Maoist party suffered a number of splits after many former rebels accused its leaders of betraying their original revolutionary ideals.