Police and public clashed on Thursday afternoon in Pulchowk of Lalitpur after locals attempted the chariot procession of Rato Machhindranath.
According to Senior Superintendent Tek Prasad Rai, chief of Lalitpur Metropolitan Police Range, around 800 people had gathered in Pulchowk to pull the chariot. A clash ensued when police tried to stop them from pulling the chariot in view of the coronavirus restrictions.
“Since people had arrived in huge numbers, police alone were unable to control the crowd,” said Rai. “So we sought the help of the Nepal Army.”
Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd. Details were yet to arrive on injuries. The Lalitpur District Administration Office renewed the prohibitory orders in the district on Wednesday for a week, along with the district administration offices of Kathmandu and Bhakatpur, citing the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the Valley. All non-essential services have been banned. According to Rai, earlier on Thursday morning, people in small numbers had gathered in Pulchowk to pull the chariot. “Security personnel managed to turn them away. But later people gathered in huge numbers in the afternoon,” said Rai.
|Violent / Non-violent||Violent|
|Onesided / Twosided||Twosided|
|Collective / Interpersonal||Collective|
|Primary Form||Group Clash|
|Secondary Form||Excessive Use of Force|
|Primary Cause||Law and Order Violence|
|Secondary Cause||Freedom of Assembly|
|Actor 1 - Number of people||100|
|Actor 1 - Affiliations||Citizen/Individuals|
|Actor 1 - Youth||unknown|
|Actor 2 - Number of people||50|
|Actor 2 - Affiliation||Police|
|Actor 2 - Youth||unknown|