Maoists withdraw indefinite Taplejung, Panchthar bandh

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Unified CPN (Maoist) has called off the indefinite bandh in Taplejung and Panchthar districts following agreements with respective local administrations, Monday.

The Maoists had shut Taplejung and Panchthar for over two weeks protesting against the killing of their activist Rajendra Wanem, Laxmi Wanem and Lagamdhoj Limbu in a police action in Taplejung on January 4. They had later expanded their bandh in neighboring districts, too.

The locals were facing acute shortage of essential consumer supplies including food, medicine and fuel due the bandh.

The Maoists allowed the district to open after a three-point agreement with the administration in Taplejung. In Panchthar, too, the bandh was called off after an agreement to address their demands was forged at an all party meeting held today.

The Maoists had various seven demands including compensation to the family of the deceased, declaring the deceased martyrs, action against the culprit and release of their cadres arrested during a previous bandh.

Police had arrested about a dozen Maoist cadres involved in vandalism during the bandh.