Students-turned-mob versus the public mob. A scene in front of the Thapathali Engineering College, Kathmandu after students affiliated to the CPN Maoists’ supposedly “revolutionary” union – obstructed the Thapathali – Singhadurbar section protesting a fee-raise by the Tribhuwan University.
So the vehicles started piling up and when the commuters got restless, some guys on motorbike tried to push through the obstruction and during the inevitable scuffle some hot shot “revolutionary” warriors threw punches and kicks, and vandalized a bike and few bicycles and then set those on fire.
Generally, these student-mobs would rule the street, but not today. The public hit back, thrashed some and chased the “warriors”, who scurried back into the college premises with their tails behind their asses.
Police is ultra modern riot gears intervened. Or not. They blocked the public-turned-mob from entering the college premises but stood benevolently watching the destruction unfolding. The enraged public shouting, “Come out cowards,” hurled stones and bricks into the college, smashing several windowpanes.
The guy, whose bike was burnt, better have insurance, else he is pretty much fucked up. There’s nothing the government/administration/police is going to do about it, there’s nothing the college-administration going to do about it. It was evident, the riot police were there not to take control of the situation and stop from one wrong act leading to another, they were there to turn lose the same student-mobs.
No one will be arrested; no one will pay anything as compensation to the bike or the college property. One act of stupidity, one-bike/two bicycles on fire, some windows of the college broken and four hours of traffic chaos in most of the thoroughfares of Kathmandu, media got some juice and I got some juice too.