Nepalgunj on high alert as police remove King Birendra's bust

KATHMANDU: Police in Nepalgunj city of Banke district in western Nepal have kept the city on high alert to avoid likely clashes between supporters of late King Birendra Shah and their opponents.

Earlier, on Thursday, a group of youth had reinstated the bust of late King. The statue was pulled down during the Janaandolan 2006.

However, police removed the re-established bust last night, giving a rise to the tension again, according to the Rastriya Samachar Samiti.

Accordingly, some demonstrators including cadres of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal had gathered at crossroads in a bid to reestablish the statue from early this morning.

Hundreds of police personnel have been mobilised in different areas of Nepalgunj since early this morning, according to the RSS report.

Setu BK Chok, Dhamboji Chok, Puspa Lal Chok and BP Chok are currently under police cordon in order to avert any possible skirmishes between sides installing and removing the statue of the late King.