-  Saturday 24 October 2020

Man dies in Nepalgunj clash, over 50 injured

 -  Kantipur

BANKE, Feb 18 2008 - One protester was killed and over 50 others, including a few policemen were injured in violent clashes between police and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) supporters in Nepalgunj on Sunday.
Following the clashes, the local administration clamped curfew in Nepalgunj Municipality and adjoining areas from 2 pm until further notice.

The dead has been identified as Guljar Khan, 35, of Belashpur in ward-14 of the municipality. He had received a bullet on his head. He succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment at Bheri Zonal Hospital (BZH).

Among those injured, 12 are undergoing treatment at BZH while 23 others are being treated at local Teaching Hospital. The condition of two of the injured -- Asaraf Ali and Guddu Halwai -- is reported to be critical.

Police also arrested 18 others who were injured in the clashes.

Clashes erupted after demonstrators at a rally pelted stones at policemen at Tribhuvan Chowk. The situation was tense from the morning itself as police had thwarted the protesters' attempts to padlock government offices.

Police said they fired dozens of teargas shells and 61 rounds of bullets in the clashes.

Meanwhile, police claimed they were also fired at from among the protesters. Two rounds were fired from a pistol, which was recovered from the site, said Inspector Binod Sharma. Police also combed Tribhuvan Chowk and local school areas after "recovery" of weapons.

The protesters also torched a vehicle of survey office before vandalizing the office and setting fire to office documents during the curfew hours. They also beat up Post scribe, district chairman of Federation of Nepalese Journalists Jhalak Gaire and Subodh Singh Tharu of Nepal Television at Tribhuvan Chowk.

Source : Kantipur

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