Tension ran high in New Baneshwor area on Friday after police used forced to stop a Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal rally from entering the restricted zone.
Nearly two dozen people, including security personnel, were injured in the ensuing clash. Police fired several rounds of teargas canisters to disperse the RPP-N supporters.
The fourth largest party in the Constituent Assembly (CA), RPP-N has been protesting, demanding referendum on the issues of secularism and republicanism. The party has opposed the secular provision in the draft constitution. Police said teargas was fired as the protesters ignored the warnings and tried to enter restricted zone.
Superintendent of Police Bishworak Pokhrel said a mob led by RPP-N lawmaker Ganesh Thapa entered the restricted zone and started throwing stones; only then, security personnel used force to clear the area.
Mohan Shrestha, assistant spokesperson for RPP-N, accused police of using unnecessary force to provoke the demonstrators.