Incident Reports

Prohibitory order enforced in Butwal after protest intensifies over the decision to name Dang as provincial capital


Lumbini, Rupandehi, Butwal

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: The District Administration Office (DAO) of Rupandehi has enforced a prohibitory order in some places of Butwal amid growing protest activities in the area over the decision of the Provincial Assembly to name Dang as the provincial capital.

Tension flared after the proposal to name Deukhuri of Dang district as the permanent capital of the province was tabled at the Provincial Assembly for the endorsement.

Stating that activities like vandalizing and torching government vehicles, burning tyres and organizing protest activities, the DAO has issued a prohibitory order in a number of places in Butwal Sub-metropolitan City starting at 10 am Sunday till 6pm, October 7.

The administration has prohibited gathering of more than five people at a time in the prohibited area. Kalika Temple chowk, Itta Bhatta chowk, Tinau Bank and Kalikapath area around the Provincial Assembly Secretariat are among the places designated as restricted areas.

Similarly, the administration has restricted gatherings of more than five people in places like Sundar Chowk, Bhudki Chowk, Bhatbhateni chowk and Siddhartha Highway around the provincial ministries. The place around the Office of chief Minister and Council of Ministers have also been designated as restricted zones where all kinds of gatherings or protest activities are prohibited.

The main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has launched protests in Butwal following the decision of the Province 5 Cabinet to pick Deukhuri as the permanent capital of the province.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Curfew/prohibitory order issues by the state
Primary Cause Law and Order Violence
Actor 1 - Number of people N
Actor 1 - Affiliations Local authorities (incl VDC, district, gov. line agencies at local level except education and health)
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people N
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth na
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