Curfew Imposed in Birendranagar after Violent Protests Against MCC
The District Administration Office (DAO) imposed a curfew in Surkhet, provincial capital of Karnali Province on February 28, 2022, after the protests by six political parties against the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) turned violent. The DAO decided to clamp the curfew after the demonstrators sabotaged and torched party offices of various parties and police stations.
Chief District Officer Khagendra Prasad Rijal informed that the curfew has been clamped on Dhuliyabhit in the east of Birendranagar, Bangesimal in the west, Cotton Barracks (till ward no. 7) in the north and 500 meters of Ratna Highway including Kankre Bihar, Deuti Bajai and Subbakuna through Lati Koili Shiva Temple in the south from 8:15 pm on Monday till 7 pm, Tuesday.
Police also hit two dozen tear gas to control the protesters. After the mob became extremely violent, the decision was taken through a meeting of the District Security Committee.
Chief District Officer Rijal said that if the curfew was not obeyed security personnel could fire bullets.
The protesters had sabotaged and burned the party office of Nepali Congress Party and UML. Similarly, police posts placed in the middle of the road were also burnt.
The protest erupted stating that the government led by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba passed the MCC Compact overnight. Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’ led Communist Party of Nepal, Communist Party of Nepal (Masal), Communist Party of Nepal (Revolutionary Maoist), Rastriya Janamorcha, Deshbhakta Janganatantrik Morcha Nepal and Krishi Kattel-led Nepal Communist Party and others had called for a strike on February 28.
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