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Curfew in Nepal town

Ameet Dhakal

KATHMANDU: One person died and several were injured in violence that erupted in Nepalgunj, 700 km south-west of Kathmandu on Tuesday. The local administration has extended curfew till Wednesday as the violence failed to subside even after a day-long curfew. This is the first time that curfew has been imposed in any part of Nepal after the April uprising that forced King Gyanendra to concede power to the people. Defying the curfew orders, groups of people came out on to the streets and engaged in arson and violence. The police fired several rounds of tear gas shells in addition to firing live bullets in the air to control the mob. Nepalgunj has a history of communal violence. The violence erupted after local transport entrepreneurs, protesting vandalism of their vehicles during a strike called by Nepal Sadhbhavana Party (NSP) on Monday, clashed with the party activists on Tuesday morning. The NSP cadres, who champion the cause of Terai people, had torched about two dozen vehicles on Monday for not observing the strike. The party had called a general strike in the Terai region protesting against the provisions of the interim Constitution agreed between the Seven-Party Alliance (NSP) and the Maoists.

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