Kathmandu, Apr 20 (UNI) At least three people were killed by security forces during demonstrations here today while the condition of about 12 of the 100 injured, most of whom had been shot in the head, was serious.
Security forces opened fire at several thousands who were protesting against the autocratic rule of King Gyanendra. The crowd poured onto Ring road areas defying the curfew and chanted slogans against the King.
''Security forces have shot at heads of most of the people and their conditions is serious,'' doctors at the Model hospital said.
People from adjoining villages joined the demonstrations at the call of seven major political parties and supported by Maoists, professional organisations including the government employees and the people of all walks of life.
This was the largest gathering of the people in Kathmandu since the establishment of democracy in 1990, eyewitnesses said.
A large number of people gathered at Maharajgunj, Kalanki, Balaju, Koteshwor, Satdobato and other places inside the city despite the ban on rallies and 18-hour long curfew with shoot at sight order.
The democracy supporters have defied such orders in the last two weeks and held massive demonstrations in the capital and almost all the major cities and towns across the country since the fresh round of protests began to force Gyanendra to end his autocratic rule.
The demonstrators were chanting anti-King slogans and demanded the complete end of autocratic rule warning leaders not to make any deal with the King and understand the sentiments of the people.
More than one lakh people participated in the demonstrations, local media reported.
However, the parties said that the participation of the public was more than expected and encouraging and the demonstrations will continue until complete democracy is established through the revival of the House paving the way for the formation of an all-party interim government including Maoists and the Constituent Assembly election.
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