Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and other political leaders appealed for calm on Tuesday as anger flared over the killing of two demonstrators during a protest against the new constitution.
Hundreds of police reinforcements were sent to the country’s troubled midwest, the day after the two protesters were killed when police fired in a bid to fend off an attack on the home of a local lawmaker.
Schools, shops and factories were also closed in Surkhet town as fresh demonstrations were staged against plans to divide the midwestern region into two provinces under a draft constitution that seeks to restructure Nepal as a federal state.
“Hundreds of security forces have been deployed in Surkhet and surrounding areas in case the situation turns hostile,” said national police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam. Koirala called for restraint saying negotiations over the long-awaited constitutional reforms were ongoing.