Kathmandu, April 10:

The CPN-UML today accused the government of “spreading false propaganda” that the movement of the seven-party alliance had gone out of hand after the mass participation of people in the movement nationwide.

Home Minister Kamal Thapa had yesterday alleged that the movement had become violent as it had “gone out of the alliance’s control”.

“The movement is going on in a peaceful manner and a large number of people are taking part in it. But the government wants to suppress it in the name of escalating violence,” said a UML press statement issued today.

The statement said that the government shot dead Dasan Lal Yadav, Bhimsen Dahal, Tulsi Chhetri and Shiva Hari Kunwar during the four-day peaceful general strike. It added that more than 100 people sustained serious injuries while over 1,000 people were arrested without minimum facilities in the detention centres.

The statement added that the movement would go on peacefully despite the government’s provocations for violence and appealed to the people not to fall prey to the government’s false propaganda.

Meanwhile, thousands of people defied curfew and held a huge demonstration in Patan. The rally began at Ashok Cinema hall and marched through various parts of the city.

People also took out rallies on the outskirts of Sitapaila, Bafal, Kalanki, Dharmapath, Manjeshwori, Chikamugal, Kasthmandap and Ombahal. Om Thapaliya, Sabita Karki, Shobha Sapkota, Pabitra Poudel, Pawan Poudel and Buddhiman Tamang of the UML and Ram Chandra Tiwari were severely injured when riot police lathicharged the rallyists at Kalanki.

Around 2,000 people took out a rally in Sindhuli while people in Pokhara held a rally in Baidam and Siddhartha Chowk to defy daytime curfew, according to the UML.

Curfew defiance to continue: Leaders

Kathmandu: Leaders of the seven-party alliance on Monday vowed to keep defying the curfew orders and take the mass movement to a new high without fearing the consequences.

Speaking at the Reporters’ Club, they said the movement has gained wide national and international backing, is nearing the decisive phase and would go on till their demand of constituent assembly is met.

NC leader Dr Ram Saran Mahat said they would not give up unless people’s sovereign rights are restored. He trashed the government claim that the Maoists controlled the reins of the ongoing movement. “This is a ploy to give legitimacy to the illegitimate government,” he said and claimed the government has no capacity to control the people’s movement.

NC (D) leader Prakash Man Singh said the movement would go on till authorities yielded to their demand of constituent assembly. Singh said the Maoists’ moral support to the movement was an achievement.

Claiming that the movement was nearing a decisive phase, Navaraj Subedi of the Janamorcha Nepal said they would overcome all obstacles, including the curfew. He urged Maoists to announce nationwide truce. — HNS