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Deaths in Kailali (updated)

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Many people, mostly police personnel including some top officials, have been killed in a violent clash that erupted in Kailali district on Monday.

SSP Laxman Neupane is the senior most police officer to be killed in the Kailali incident.  Home Minister Bamdev Gautam informed the Legislative Parliament that protesters killed SSP Neupane by attacking him with spades. He also said a policeman was burnt alive.

Inspectors Bal Ram Bishta and Keshav Bohara and policemen Lokendra Chanda and Laxman Khadka are among the dead.  Armed Police Force (APF) personnel Lalit Saud and Ram Bihari Chaudhary have also been killed.

Some protesters are also believed to have been killed when police opened fire at them. Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic) leader Ram Janam Chaudhary told Nepali Times that five protesters have been shot at by police and two of them are in critical condition.

Chaudhary claimed that the incident took place after police opened fire at protesters. Police officials have claimed that thousands of protesters carrying axes, spades and batons had run over them.

Hours after the incident, a meeting of Security Council decided to deploy the army in Kailali, Sarlahi and Rautahat districts. Speaking at the parliament, Home Minister Bamdev Gautam said the decision was taken to avert further untoward incidents.

In Kailali, the indigenous Tharus have been enforcing an indefinite general strike for several days demanding an autonomous Tharuhat province.

On Monday, thousands of Tharus had flocked to Tikapur to replace old sign boards of government offices with new sign boards mentioning Kailali as part of the Tharu province.

On last Saturday, the NC, the UML and the UCPN (M) had endorsed the new seven-province model of federalism leaving Kailali and Kanchanpur in the far-western province. The Tharus have demanded that these districts be part of their province


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3 Responses to “Deaths in Kailali (updated)”

  1. the Andolan in The Sacrament of the Goddess, August 16 2015 – updated | The Sacrament of the Goddess – a Novel of Nepal on Says:

    Nepal is not good. In Kailali (an area of Terai) the police arrived to break up a protest and the protesters used weapons to kill police members.

  2. binod on Says:

    Oh.. they used the same weapons as prescribed by Mr. Amresh Kumar Singh (a RAW agent) ..what a coincidence.. or wait this was pre-planned.. just the way in Gaur few years ago.. using dacoits from across the border..

  3. Hissedaisy on Says:

    The current issues about states, province, secularism, divisions and many other issues are taking more vulnerable steps. After all these bandhas, violence and major injuries the one who is going through to suffer will be the ones who work hard just to pass a day.

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