Nepalgunj tense after police use force to remove King Birendra's bust

Published On: June 2, 2022 01:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

BANKE, June 2: The town of Nepalgunj has been tense since Thursday morning after the police forcibly removed a bust of the Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah. The bust was installed by a monarchist group at Birendra Chowk or Dhamboji, Nepalgunj to mark the 21st anniversary of the royal palace massacre.

It is reported that some people pelted stones at the police when the latter were trying to remove the bust. Some policemen are reported to be injured in the incident while the area is tense. 

A clash also took place when the police and administration tried to remove the bust within less than an hour of its installation. Police also fired a few rounds of shots in the air to bring the situation under control.

Rishi Raj Devkota, central assistant general secretary of Rastriya Prajatantra Party, said, “The foundations of the republic are very weak if the government has to make such a fuss over the installation of a bust of a king.” Devkota condemned the incident, saying that it was not necessary for the government to attack the ideology of any party.


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