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Nepal: PM shown black flag, 6 injured in protests

Last Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 21:06

Kathmandu: Nepal’s Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai was shown black flags by student cadres of the CPN-UML party in southern Nepal on Thursday, and the resultant police action left at least six activists injured.

The cadres of the Youth Association Nepal (YAN), the youth wing of the CPN-UML, including Suraj Tiwari, central member of the organisation, were injured when police intervened during a black flag demonstration seeking Bhattarai`s resignation in Chitwan district of southern Nepal.

Police baton-charged the protesters who were showing black flags to the PM and chanted slogans against him and demanded demanding his resignation, sources said.

The incident took place as Bhattarai was returning to Kathmandu after visiting Chepang tribal community in Siddhi village in the district.

As the situation became tense following the incident, YAN called for a Chitwan shutdown in protest of the police action.

In an apparent reference to the incident, the Prime Minister said that protest by a few people will not make any difference.

"I am ready to step down if the parties forge a consensus," he said.

"I will immediately put in my papers if the opposition parties agree on Constitution with ethnicity based federalism," he said.


First Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 21:06

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