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Four killed in Tarai

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Four protesters have died in clashes with police in the Tarai on Wednesday. While three were killed in police firing in Mahottari, one died in Saptari district.

In Jaleshwor municipality of Mahottari district, police had to open fire as protesters marched towards the district police office. The dead have been identified as Rohan Chaudhary of Jaleshwor-7, Ram Bibek Yadav of Mahottari VDC-5 and Musai Kapar of Jaleshwor-14. Their bodies have been kept at the mortuary of the district hospital.

The local administration has clamped a curfew from 8 p.m. to avert further untoward incidents. “Situation is critical, we were left with no option but to clamp curfew,” said Mahottari’s CDO Dipak Kafle.

Protesters have also vandalised the residence of a district court justice in Jaleshwor. After police chased them away from there, protesters regrouped and targeted the police office.

Earlier, 60-year-old Ram Kisan Raut was killed in police firing in Bhardaha of Saptari district. Police said they had to open fire when protesters attacked them while escorting vehicles through the blocked highway.

Raut has been a second protester to die in police firing in Bhardaha of Saptari after Madhesi parties launched a street movement last month against demarcation of federal provinces. Earlier, 25-year-old Rajiv Raut had died in police firing in Bharadaha on 18 August. After his death, Madhesi parties enforced an indefinite general strike that continues to cripple life across the Tarai for the fourth consecutive week.

After major parties demarcated federal provinces on 8 August, 33 people, including 10 security personnel, have lost their lives in several parts of the country, mostly in the plains.  However, there have not been serious efforts from either side to initiate political dialogues and resolve contentious issues through talks.

As the NC, the UML and the UCPN (M) continue to push through a new constitution despite the walkout of Madhesi parties, situation continues to worsen in the Tarai.


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One Response to “Four killed in Tarai”

  1. Ravi Raj Kaur on Says:

    Innocent lives for a just cause? If you just criminalise killing by anyone. In USA police are finally brought to justice for so much injustice.
    My understading is there is NO solution to the Madhesi problem.
    Then deal with it pacification.
    No more nepalese deaths please!

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