Protester injured in police firing

- Narayan Sharma, Nawalparasi

Aug 15, 2015-



A protester was injured when police fired rubber bullets at Tilakpur in the district on Saturday.

Komal Chaudhary was hurt when security personnel fired at the protesters who attempted to vandalise the house of CPN-UML lawmaker Baijanath Chaudhary. The injured is being treated at Prithvi Chandra Hospital in Parasi. Police said they had to fire rubber bullets to disperse the enraged mob that started vandalising Baijanath’s house. Tear gas canisters were lobbed earlier to contain the situation. Tharus took to the streets demanding a separate Tharuhat state in the district. The protesters clashed with police as they obstructed transportation along the East-West Highway.

Superintendent of Police Nalprasad Upadhyay said seven persons, including three security personnel, were injured in the clashes. Basabasahi and Tulsinagar areas remained tense due to the sporadic clashes.

Protesters also vandalised a vehicle carrying copies of The Himalayan Times daily early on Saturday morning in Parasi.

Bhairahawa remained tense as the locals retaliated against the banda called by the Tharuhat Struggle Committee and the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha in Rupandehi district. People defied the banda as the activists started vandalising vehicles and shops. The Tharus continued their protest in western Tarai on Saturday as well. They demonstrated in Kailali, Kanchanpur, Banke and Bardiya demanding a Tharuhat state. The protesters torched a truck (Na 4 Kha 8488) at Chaumala in Kailali.

Banda affects eastern districts

MORANG: Separate bandas enforced by Sadbhawana Party, Sanghiya Sadbhawana Party and Samyukta Tharuhat Sangharsha Samiti affected life partially in various eastern Tarai districts on Saturday. Vehicles on long routes did not ply the roads but local buses operated as usual in Saptari, Siraha, Morang, Sunsari and Udaypur, among other districts. Meanwhile, people disrupted traffic on the BP Highway for two hours in Sindhuli as a warning against splitting the district. Protesters said they were compelled to launch a symbolic agitation following rumours of dividing Sindhuli and merging its southern part with State 2. Currently, Sindhuli is part of Province 3.

Published: 16-08-2015 09:42

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