Curfew in Pokhara


Local authorities in Pokhara imposed a 12-hour curfew in the tourist town of Pokhara, western Nepal, as the seven opposition parties intensified their agitations on Sunday.

The district administration of Kaski declared 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. curfew orders in Pokhara citing the possibility of violence and loss of properties during the agitations of the parties.

Sporadic protests were organized in different parts of Pokhara this morning against the killing of a pro-democracy activist, Bhimsen Dahal, by security forces during a demonstration Saturday afternoon.

The seven parties have declared Dahal, a CPN (UML) cadre who was shot dead at Mahendrapul, a martyr of the democratic movement. Reports from Pokhara said the parties had planned his funeral this afternoon after a major demonstration, marching across the town carrying Dahal’s body, in the afternoon.

Their Majesties King Gyandendra and Queen Komal are in Pokhara since last few weeks as part of their unofficial visit to the western region.

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