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Attack on leaders as demonstrations continue across the nation

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Kathmandu, Apr 18 (UNI) A group of gunmen tried to attack the leaders of Nepal's seven party political alliance at a rally in Kavre district at a time during the anti-king demonstrations being held across the Himalayan Kingdom.

Two persons with Chinese guns damaged the stage of the mass-meeting and attempted to attack Joint General Secretary of the Nepali Congress Ram Sharan Mahat, CPN, UML leader Shankar Pokhrel and Democratic Congress's NP Saud in Kavre district today, Kantipur TV said.

The gunmen escaped after the protestors retaliated.

The supporters of the seven political parties have said hindrance was being created by the security personnel to defame the demonstrators.

Huge demonstrations were held in all the three districts in the capital city of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur today where the protestors chanted slogans reminding the leaders not to make any compromise with the king and intensify the demonstrations for complete democracy in the Himalayan Kingdom.

Demonstrations were also held in Chitwan, Jhapa, Taplejung, Siraha, Janakpur, Ilam, Charikot and Gauriganj and other places.

Kantipur Radio said at least three dozen protestors were injured in a police batoncharge at Manma, Kalikot in mid-western Nepal.

Meanwhile, the king met president of the Rashtriya Prajatantra Party Pashupati Shumsher Rana, former prime minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand and royalist Marichman Singh at the Palace today. "I hope for a positive step [from the King]. I can't say anything more," Mr Chand was quoted as saying after the meeting.

The demonstrators have been warning the leaders of the seven-party alliance not to make any compromise with the King saying that the movement would not stop unless complete democracy was established and autocracy ended.

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