Nepal police on Sunday beat back thousands of Maoist supporters seeking to surround a key government complex in the heart of the capital in protest against the President's earlier decision to reinstate the army chief that led to the collapse of the Prachanda-led government.
Amid stepped up security in the capital, Maoists cadres organised a sit in outside the Singha Durbar, which houses the offices of the prime minister and government ministries.
Scores of protesters were injured as the police beat back Maoist supporters determined to surround the official complex.
The sit-in outside the main government secretariat building forced the rescheduling of Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon's meetings with Home Minister Bhim Rawal and Defence Minister Vidya Bhandari.
Last week, the CPN-UML-led government of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal scrapped the former Maoists dominated cabinet's controversial decision to remove the army chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
The former rebels have been protesting against the decision of President Ram Baran Yadav to reinstate the army
chief, who was accused by Prachanda of disobeying the civilian government led by the Maoists.