King Gyanendra lifted a three-month-old state of emergency Saturday, but it did little to ease tensions as Nepalese soldiers shot and wounded five activists on a college campus.
Gyanendra imposed emergency rule Feb. 1, after firing the government, seizing absolute power and suspending civil liberties. He justified the move by saying the ousted leaders had failed to hold parliamentary elections or quell a communist insurgency.
Despite lifting the state of emergency, the king still rules without an elected government or parliament, and there has been no word on the release of hundreds of political workers jailed under emergency rule.
Meanwhile, authorities stepped up security around Katmandu and banned protests in parts of the capital.
Elsewhere, Royal Nepalese Army soldiers shot and injured five student activists at a college campus in Mahendranagar, about 400 miles west of Katmandu, after getting a tip that Maoist insurgents were meeting there.