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Curfew reimposed, security stepped up in west Nepal town

Curfew reimposed, security stepped up in west Nepal town

Officials reimposed a curfew in a western Nepalese border town Wednesday to prevent more deadly clashes between residents and rural migrants, an official said.
The curfew was initially imposed in Nepalgunj on Tuesday after street battles between the groups left one person dead and at least 25 injured, while several houses and shops were set on fire.
The curfew was lifted on Wednesday morning, but reimposed after three hours because the rival groups appeared to be gathering across the town in preparation for more clashes, government administrative official Krishna Acharya said.
Riot police have been brought in from other areas to assist local officers, and government officials have been meeting with local leaders to try to calm the situation, Acharya said.
Migrants from the mountains surrounding Nepalgunj _ which lies some 500 kilometers (310 miles) west of the capital Katmandu _ clashed with local residents after accusing them of burning their cars during a protest. A fiery verbal exchange quickly turned into a street battle.
There is a long history of communal divisions between people in mountainous regions and those living in the Himalayan nation's southern plains.


Updated : 2021-05-06 11:19 GMT+08:00