The shutdown called by Biplav-led Communist Party of Nepal has no impact in the Kathmandu valley. Spokesperson at the Metropolitan Police Office Ranipokhari, Shyam Lal Gyawali, said vehicular movement in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts is normal. The Metropolitan Police Office Ranipokhari looks after the security, and law and order in the Kathmandu valley.
"There is no impact of the banda (shutdown) in the Valley. However, the number of vehicles entering and exiting the Valley through various transit points has slightly decreased compared to other days," Gyawali said. Police said no untoward incidents have been reported within the Kathmandu valley so far. Security arrangements have been made foolproof and plainclothes security personnel have also been mobilised keeping in view the shutdown. Police patrolling has been intensified in certain strategic areas.
Traffic is in operation in Kathmandu district as usual, spokesman of the Metropolitan Police Range Kathmandu, Hobindra Bogati, said. However, the impact of the nation-wide shutdown has been seen in several districts. Suspected improvised explosive devices have been found planted at some places in few districts outside Kathmandu. Incidents of arson attacks and vandalism have been reported from some districts, Nepal Police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said. Very few vehicles are seen on the national highways and they almost appear deserted. According to Subedi, security has been beefed up in the districts in view of the shutdown.(RSS)