Local administration in Kathmandu declares area between Maitighar Mandala and New Baneshwar a prohibited zone to conduct mass gatherings

Published On: November 20, 2023 07:17 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: The District Administration Office (DAO), Kathmandu, has declared the area between Maitighar Mandala and Baneshwor a prohibited area, restricting the organization of any forms of mass-gatherings in the area for the next 30 days.

“Based on the recommendation of the District Security Committee, the DAO, Kathmandu has decided to issue an order with an effect from Monday till next 30 days,” said Chief District Officer (CDO) of Kathmandu Jitendra Basnet.

As per the order, the area encompassing Padmodaya School of Putalisadak, Southern entrance of Singadurbar, Supreme Court building, Maitighar Mandala, Babarmahal, Bijuli Bazaar and New Baneshwor cross road have been declared the restricted zone. According to the DAO, gatherings of more than five people to conduct protest related programs including rally, picketing, hunger-strike and mass gathering have been prohibited in the area for the given period.    

The decision comes in the wake of possible clashes that could take place between the separate mass gatherings organized by the CPN-UML and a controversial medical entrepreneur Durga Prasai at the same location on Thursday. 

CDO Basnet said the local administration cannot permit two forces to conduct their programs on the same date and same venue. “We have requested them to organize their programs in alternative venues,” he said.


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