Keep calm, say Nepal's leaders after protests over constitution

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2015 00:56 IST

Leaders of four major ruling and opposition parties in Nepal including Prime Minister Sushil Koirala appealed for calm on Tuesday after protests over demarcating the country into six federal states in the new constitution turned violent.

Koirala, who also heads Nepali Congress, and other leaders, asked everyone to call off protests and assured redrawing of boundaries of the states based on suggestions.

“We appeal to all citizens to remain calm, call off protests and wait for resolution of problems by providing appropriate suggestions,” mentioned the statement signed by chiefs of the four parties.

Two persons were killed in police firing and over a dozen injured on Monday in Surkhet district in mid-western Nepal in protest against demarcation of boundaries of the new states as per a fresh deal among the four major parties.

Police had to open fire after protesters set a government office and the residence of a Nepali Congress lawmaker on fire. Curfew was imposed to keep the situation under control.

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