Tarai marred by violence, clashes against 7-state model

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 24, 2015-

The country witnessed several violent incidents across the Tarai districts against the proposed 7-state federal setup in the new constitution on Monday.

In the most violent and shocking event, seven security personnel and a child were killed in a clash that ensued between Tharuhat activists and police at Tikapur of Kailali district.

Chief District Officer (CDO) of Kailali, Raj Kumar Shrestha, said eight people killed in Tikapur riot have been identified. CDO Shrestha corrected his earlier statement in which he had said 20 people were killed in the violence. 

In connection to the Kailali incident, a meeting of Central security committee decided to mobilise Army in three Tarai districts—Kailali, Rautahat and Sarlahi.

In Gaur, the headquarters of Rautahat district, the local administration clamped curfew with effect from 4:30 pm. The curfew was imposed citing the ‘out-of-control’ situation that aroused after the cadres of Madhesi Morcha and security personnel engaged in violent clashes.

In Malangwa, the headquarters of Sarlahi district, the agitating Samyukta Madhesi Morcha staged a demonstration carrying batons and home-made weapons. Government offices were guarded by security personnel in view of possible vandalism.

In Nepalgunj, District Administration Office clamped curfew order effective from 9 pm on Monday to 9 am on Tuesday following a clash at Tribhuvan Chowk, Rani Talab and the nearby areas. The protestors had committed to exercise restraint during the strike on Monday.

In Biratnagar, Mahavir and Gudari area remained tense due to stone pelting between cadres of Madhesi Morcha and security personnel.

The Madhesi Morcha has been enforcing banda in various Tarai districts for the past 10 days.


Published: 24-08-2015 21:48

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