Truck and tipper operators today threatened to strike across nation, if the government tries to suppress their peaceful protest programmes.
Organising a press meet here in the Valley today they also criticised the government for its suppress, in their own words, during their peaceful protest at Tinkune today morning. They threatened to block the traffic across the nation with loaded trucks and tippers, if the government used force to disperse peaceful protesters.
They have been protesting everyday against the government ban on crusher industries. However, the government has claimed that they can operate according to the new criteria that has ensured conservation of nature including Chure hills.
“The government today morning used force against peaceful protesters,” vice president of Bagmati Tipper Entrepreneurs Association Sher Bahadur Kunwar saidm adding that their some friends have also been arrested. “We will intensify our protest and halt transport service nationwide, if our colleagues are not released at the earliest.”
Blaming the government for turning deaf ear to their demands, he said that the government move is anti-democratic.
The government ban on operation of crusher industries has halted construction activities throughout the country, coordinator of Truck and Tipper Division under the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Yadhav Lal Shrestha said, on the occasion. “It has left the trucks and tipper operators jobless,” he said, threatening to launch series of protest, if the government did not release arrested truckers and tipper operators today morning immediately.