September 04, Kathmandu
The Chief District Officer of Lalitpur has issued a curfew order for Friday in the Lalitpur Metropolitan Area after a clash with the police on Thursday while pulling Rato Machhindranath’s chariot.
Hundreds of people on Thursday dragged Rato Machhindranath’s chariot into the middle of the road in defiance of a ban on coronavirus epidemics.
What else is said in the order?
The government order states that “At a time when the global epidemic of COMID-19 (corona virus) is likely to spread, some extremist groups and individuals have taken advantage of the difficult situation to disrupt peace and security by disrupting religious and cultural beliefs. As it is likely to disturb the peace and security, it will be implemented in the entire area within the ring road from Valkhu to Manhara Bridge within Lalitpur Metropolitan City of Lalitpur District from 4:00 AM on 2077/05/19 to 10.00 PM on 2077/05/19. An order has been issued in accordance with Section 6A (1) of the Local Administration Act, 2028 BS..”
It is said that a curfew has been imposed saying that peace and security could be disrupted due to the situation.
During the curfew, it is prohibited to move, gather and march within the specified area.
If someone leaves the house during the curfew in the designated area, the security officer can even shoot.
Therefore, the public is advised not to leave the house at the specified time in the prohibited place.
What happened on Thursday?
Four policemen were injured when police tried to disperse hundreds of locals and guthiyars who had gathered at Pulchowk in Lalitpur, Lalitpur police said.
Police said they did not know how many civilians were injured, but pictures of the injured were seen on social media.Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Police claimed that the protesters hurled stones at the police while trying to control them.