As violence continued unabated in Nepal, at least five people were killed on Tuesday and more than a dozen injured around Birgunj town bordering Bihar as the crowd opposing ‘arbitrary’ demarcation of provinces, defied curfew and turned violent.
Police said that four people were killed in Birgunj town, and another one in Kalaiya, about 12 km away from there.
In a show of fury against the current dispensation, protesters vandalised a statue of G P Koirala, the man who led the mass movement in April 2006 promising peace, stability and economic prosperity.
Police fired at demonstrators from the Madhesi ethnic minority after they vandalised a police post and a revenue office and set on fire government vehicles, defying curfew clamped in Parsa district’s Birgunj municipality which borders Raxaul town in Bihar.
Birgunj is among the six towns in the country under curfew.
Jaleshwar in Janakpur, Gaur, Malangawa, Parasi and Kailali — all along the Indian border — have been declared disturbed areas and put under curfew.
The Joint Madhesi Front has enforced an indefinite strike in southern Nepal to protest the draft constitution and seven-province federal model proposed by the major parties on August 15.
The government also decided to bring more areas in the capital under prohibitory orders after a pro-Hindu crowd demanding Nepal be accorded a Hindu nation in the Constitution marched along the secretariat on Tuesday.
Police used water cannons to dispel the demonstration and arrested more than a dozen people. With PTI inputs