NEPALGUNJ, Oct 4: A curfew order has been in place since Tuesday in Nepalgunj Sub-metropolitan City in Banke district.
According to the District Administration Office, 22 people - five security personnel and 17 general public - were injured during a clash that occurred amidst the curfew. Of them, 21 have already returned home after treatment while one is undergoing treatment at the Bheri Hospital.
It may be noted that the Banke District Administration Office has issued a curfew order for an indefinite period in the town from 1:00 PM Tuesday, following religious unrest that reportedly emerged from a status on social sites that targeted the Muslim community.
The local administration has urged one and all not to upload or make an upload of any contents with the potential of jeopardizing social and religious harmony on social sites.
Nepalgunj-based political parties, religious leaders, civil society representatives and the general public have appealed for restoring peace and harmony in the town.
Banke's Chief District Officer Bipin Acharya said that the district administration has initiated a process for an all-party meeting to settle down the latest developments in Nepalgunj, but the time has not been fixed yet.
As he said, the curfew has been further intensified and people entering Nepal via the Jamunaha point are being escorted to their destinations.
Jamunaha's police beat's senior superintendent of police, Min Bahadur Bista, said so far 1,500 Nepalis who arrived from India have been safely escorted so that they could reach their destinations safely. Nepalis are returning home from various places in India including Shimla, Kalapahad, and Delhi via the Jamunaha border point in the district.