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Curfew extended for third day

The royal government warned of harsher measurers as the opposition parties vowed to continue the agitation indefinitely.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 16:25 IST

Nepal's royal government imposed curfew for the third consecutive day on Monday and warned of harsher measurers against pro-democracy protestors as the main opposition seven-party alliance vowed to continue their agitation indefinitely.

Curfew will be imposed in Kathmandu and two adjoining suburbs of Lalitpur and Kirtipur from 11 am to 6 pm, the government said.

Claiming that Maoists have infiltrated into the peaceful movement, the government warned that the curfew will be even more strict.

The seven-party alliance on Sunday decided to continue their strike indefinitely vowing to defy curfew orders in which security forces are authorised to shoot at demonstrators.

Representatives of the seven parties issued a statement after a meeting in Kathmandu which said "the nationwide strike and protests will continue until further notice."

Three people have been killed, scores injured and hundreds arrested during the four-day general strike called by the opposition to end absolute monarchy and establish complete democracy.

One was killed in Pokhara, the other was killed in Chitawan and the third one in Banepa in east of Kathmandu.

Twelve people were injured in Chabahil, five each in Ghattekulo and Gongabu, two in Panga and one wounded each in Koteshwor and Mahankal when security personnel opened fire at unarmed demonstrators, according to party sources.

Security forces also fired tear gas and rubber bullets in Pokhara, Butawal, Chitawan, Syangja injuring over a dozen people.

Around four dozen people were being treated for bullet injuries, according to hospital sources.

Various professional and human rights organisations have condemned the use of exessive force by the government to suppress the agitators.

In Gaushala police post of Kathmandu 85 people, including Nepali Congress National Convention member Lokesh Dhakal, are detained from a rally in Chabahil on Sunday.

Doctors in Kathmandu have said they will observe daily one hour sit-in at their working place tying black bands to denounce suppression of movement and demand democracy.