Afternoon Update by Deepak/Tilak/Saroj
Kirtipur, 12:45 PM
Surprisingly, today there was no protest until afternoon at Kirtipur. Security personnel were guarding the Naya Bazaar entrance that saw massive protest yesterday.
Kalanki, 1 PM
On our way from Kirtipur to Kalanki, blockades of logs were placed on the road. As we reached Kalanki, the protesters, it seemed were provoked by our arrival and started chanting slogans against king. There were around 4 hundred protesters. They were also burning the tires. A military tank was placed at the Kalanki Chowk that faced the protesters. Security forces didn’t retaliate.
Gongabu saw the overwhelming protest today. As we arrived the protests intensified. Protesters were trying to defy curfew from both sides of Ring Road. Amid shouting the slogans, the mass entered the prohibited area. Soon, security forces started baton charging and massive clash occurred. Many rounds of tear gases were fired at the protesters. Shooting was also heard but the damage was not known immediately. A policeman was shouting that protesters killed his colleague. But, it could not be verified.
The area got tense and chaos was everywhere. We saw a policeman beating brutally the unarmed protesters. Some were running here and there. Women and children were the suffering lot. A woman was asking for help, but in that situation it was not available. The medicos were ready to treat the injured ones; ICRC people were carrying the injured in the stretcher. Volunteer doctor Brian Cobb was speaking with this scribe. He was stationed there. He was saying that he treated more security personnel than the protesters yesterday.
The Teaching Hospital doctors were beaten up. Many were injured. But as we could not go there, the ground reality was not known. In the other side, protesters were chanting slogans, but they were only around 1 thousand. Similarly, at Gopikrishna Hal, Chabahil, around 7 hundred protesters were gathered. At Boudhha, protesters who were yelling pro-democratic slogans blocked the road.