Curfew imposed in parts of Birgunj as tensions rise over religious procession dispute

Kathmandu: In response to escalating tensions, the District Administration Office in Parsa has issued a curfew order in specific areas of Birgunj Metropolitan City, effective from 5 PM today.

The indefinite curfew spans the region bordering Nagwa Chowk in Bara’s East, Tilawe Bridge in the West, Parwanipur in the North, and Miteri Bridge Customs in the South.

The decision follows a demonstration in Birgunj on Monday, sparked by a dispute in Motipur of Ishanath Municipality in Rautahat. Controversy erupted when authorities denied permission for the Saraswati idol to be taken through the designated procession route after the Puja ceremony. Subsequent clashes have left Ishnath tense for nearly a week.

In a proactive move to prevent the unrest from spreading to the neighboring district of Bara, the DAO Parsa has implemented the curfew order. Chief District Officer Dinesh Sagar Bhusal, in a statement, cited disputes and clashes during the Birgunj demonstration as the primary reason behind the curfew imposition. The curfew aims to restore peace and harmony and mitigate potential repercussions from the ongoing tensions. Authorities are urging residents to adhere to the curfew regulations and cooperate with the security measures in place.