At least two people were killed and more than a dozen injured in remote areas of Nepal on Monday during a communist-led general strike, officials said.

Seven buses and several trucks were stoned as Maoist supporters of a two-year-old-insurgency sought to enforce the strike, which crippled normal life across the Himalayan kingdom.One driver died on the way to the hospital after protesters pelted him with stones at Fisling village, about 62 miles west of Kathmandu, an interior ministry spokesman said.

Police said a bus passenger died in Butwal town, about 185 miles west of the capital.

Three police officers were injured in an ambush at Jajarkot district, a Maoist stronghold about 312 miles west of Kathmandu, and several others were hurt in stray incidents elsewhere.

Public buses, taxi cabs and three-wheeler auto-rickshaws were off the roads, forcing government employees to walk to work, and shops were closed.

The United People's Front of Nepal (Bhattarai), considered the Maoists' political wing, had called for a stoppage by factories, businesses and transport workers.

The Maoists oppose the multi-party democracy that was restored in 1990 after a three-decade gap and want the establishment of a communist state.

The strike organizers are also demanding the abrogation of a 1996 water-sharing treaty with India and are protesting against price rises and corruption.