Western city and one of the main business hubs Nepalgunj, has returned to normalcy in the fourth day of communal clashes. With improvements in the situation, the district Administration Office (DAO) Banke has lifted the curfew order this morning. The DAO had imposed curfew orders since Tuesday morning after reportedly communal clashes between the hill immigrants and Terai residents.
Reports say life in the area is returning to normalcy.
Meanwhile, the Maoists and the seven parties have held a goodwill rally in Nepalgunj this morning. With large numbers of security forces deployed in the area, there have been no reports of clashes on Thursday.
Since Tuesday, Nepalgunj city has witnessed incidents of violence, looting and arson.
Tensions had risen in Nepalgunj following a scuffle that ensued on Monday between Madheshis (people from Terai region) and Pahades (people from Hilly region) during a Madhesh banda (general strike) called by Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Anandidevi) (NSP-A).
A person has been killed on Tuesday and dozens injured in retaliatory action by the police.
This incident drew national attention as there was the possibility of extension of such violence throughout the country in Terai region. Nepal government has formed a probe team to investigate the incident.
Nepal’s Terai population comprises of hill immigrants and the people of Terai region, originally supposed to have migrated from India.