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200 arrested in Pokhara as demonstrations continue

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Kathmandu, Apr 19: At least 200 University teachers were arrested for defying curfew orders and the authorities issued shoot-at-sight orders in Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal, today.

Various professional organisations, at the call of University Teachers Association, took to the streets defying curfew orders and chanting slogans in favour of democracy in the country.

Police intercepted the rallies at Mahendrapul, the city centre when University teachers and other professionals were taking out peaceful demonstrations.

The local authorities imposed a daylong curfew in Pokhara from 0800 hrs until 1900 hrs today with shoot-at-sight orders after protestors clashed with securty forces yesterday.

Huge rallies are being taken out in major cities and towns across the country against the King since the last two weeks.

There are reports of demonstrations in various parts of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Butwal, Nepalgunj, Biratnagar and other places.

Security forces have shot dead five people, injured hundreds and arrested thousands during the demonstrations in the last two weeks.

People from all walks of life have expressed solidarity with the ongoing movement launched by the seven parties and supported by Maoists, professional organisations and business communities.

UNI

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