A Class X student was killed and four others were wounded as supporters of the United Democratic Madhes Front (UDMF) clashes with the police at Gaur, around 200 km south from here, as the UDMF-led agitation entered what it said was the “decisive” phase.
Seventeen-year-old Sheikh Tarvej was hit by a police bullet as Front supporters chased the officers inside a police post showering them with bricks and stones. The Rautahad district administration has clamped an indefinite curfew in the district headquarter.
Tarvej reportedly died on the way to the hospital.
Front leader Upendra Yadav condemned the police firing claiming that the government was out to suppress the movement that seeks larger rights for Indian-origin Madhesis in the nation’s new Constitution.
Other parts and highway stretches in the Tarai region also witnessed violence as UDMF supports burnt motorbikes and vandalised public transports in different places.
Meanwhile, the main opposition party Nepali Congress and the agitating group have agreed to quickly resolve the current political crisis due to the ongoing blockade of key border trade points with India.
The Nepali Congress (NC) and representatives of the UDMF met at NC president Sushil Koirala’s residence at Maharjgunj here on Saturday.
During the meeting, they held discussions on contemporary issues and the ongoing unrest in the Terai region, and agreed to resolve the current political crisis as soon as possible.
The NC urged the front to support resolving the crisis through the Constitution amendment process as the bill related to the same has been tabled in the Parliament. The party also asked the front to forge consensus on the bill as it could be revised by including the front’s demands.
In response, the Front asked for a clear roadmap of NC in revising the demarcation of provinces, citing that the bill could not address the delineation issues.
According to NC spokesperson Dilendra Badu, Saturday’s meeting discussed ways to address the demands of the front. –WITH PTI INPUTS