Oppn alliance calls off stir

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RAUTAHAT, APR 10 – Life returned to normalcy in Gaur, the district headquarters of Rautahat, on Thursday as the UCPN (Maoist)-led 30-party opposition alliance called off its protest programmes.

Addressing a programme organised to offer condolences to Ram Aashish Thakur, who was killed after being struck by police van on Friday, Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato announced the withdrawal of the protest s and Rs 500,000 as relief for the bereaved family. Thakur’s final rites were conducted on Thursday. Ajaya Gupta, district chief of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik, said the protest s were called off as leaders in the Capital pledged to press the government to address their demands. Locals, meanwhile, heaved a sigh of relief as the market places opened and transportation resumed in the area after nine days.

The protest s were initiated by the Rautahat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) demanding the reversal of the government’s decision to set up branches of district-level government offices in Chandranigahpur. Even after the CCI withdrew protest s on Wednesday, the opposition alliance continued with them.

The protest s had turned violent following Thakur’s death. Chandranigahpur locals, however, are staging a relay hunger strike demanding that the decision to set up branches of government offices be set up in the town