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High alert in Nepalese city over reinstalling ex-king’ statue

Police have been on high-alert in the city on the Terai plains near the border with Uttar Pradesh's Bahraich district. Security has been stepped up to avoid clashes in the city.

Birendra Shah, Birendra Shah statue, Nepal statue, nepal high alaert, nepal, news, latest news, world news, international news, nepal news, Uttar pradesh, King Mahendra Hundreds of policemen were deployed on Friday as cadres of pro-monarch Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal gathered in the area to reinstall the statue. (Source: Google Maps)

A high-alert has been sounded in Nepalgunj city near the Indian border after clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of late king Birendra Shah, a day after attempts were made to reinstall the revered king’s statue. Police have been on high-alert in the city on the Terai plains near the border with Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich district. Security has been stepped up to avoid clashes in the city, said Home Ministry spokesperson Yadav Koirala.

“Security personnel have been put on high alert,” he said. On September 1, a group of pro-monarch activists reinstalled the statue that was removed during the Maoists-backed People’s Movement of 2006, sparking tension in the area. But the authorities removed the statue last night.

Hundreds of policemen were deployed on Friday as cadres of pro-monarch Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal gathered in the area to reinstall the statue.

King Birendra was the eldest son of King Mahendra, whom he succeeded in 1972. He ruled the country until his death in the Nepalese royal massacre in June 2001 at a house in the grounds of the Narayanhity Royal Palace, the residence of the Nepalese monarchy.

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First published on: 02-09-2016 at 06:19:50 pm
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