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Kailali carnage

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Injured APF soldiers at Tikapur hospital. Photo:

Om Astha Rai

Eight people – seven security personnel including a top police officer and a two-year-old boy – have been killed in what is increasingly looking like a pre-planned attack by protesters in Tikapur municipality of Kailali district in Nepal’s far-western plains on Monday.

At least 50 people – 29 protesters and 21 police personnel – have been injured and are receiving treatment at the Tikapur Hospital. Some seriously injured people have been rushed to the Nepalganj hospital where an Army helicopter is also waiting to airlift them to Kathmandu.


SSP Laxman Neupane

SSP Laxman Neupane is the senior most police officer to be killed by protesters.  He was reportedly trying to negotiate with protesters from the Tharu community demanding an autonomous province for the indigenous community in the new constitution when he was attacked with a spear.

Minister Bam Dev Gautam said an Armed Police Force (APF) soldier, Ram Bihari Tharu, was burnt alive. Other killed have been identified as police inspectors Balram Bista and Keshav Bohara and policemen Lokendra Chanda and Laxman Khadka. Another AFP constable Lalit Saud and two-year-old Tek Bahadur Saud were also killed.

As reports started coming in, the number of fatalities varied wildly, with some saying 21 were killed. But Kailali CDO Raj Kumar Shrestha clarified that the death toll was six policemen, one child, with no reported casualties among the protesters.


Inspector Keshav Bohara

Constituent Assembly (CA) member Ram Janam Chaudhary, who represents the constituency where Monday’s deadly clashes occurred said five protesters had been shot and 24 others had gunshot wounds in their legs. “Some of them are in critical condition,” he said.

Home Minister Gautam claimed the attack was premeditated and protesters wielding axes, spades and bamboo batons were attacking police posts in Rautahat and Sarlahi districts as well. Shortly after the Kailali incident, a meeting of Security Council decided to deploy the army in these three plain districts under the discretion of the CDO.

An army general, requesting anonymity, told Nepali Times that the Kailali incident was a result of infiltration of cadre of the Netra Bikram Chanda-led Maoist party among the Tharu protesters. “We’ve solid evidence that Chanda’s cadre killed police and APF soldiers,” he said.

Tharuhat Struggle Committee (TSC), which rejected the seven-province federalism model that places Kailali and Kanchanpur in the far-western province, has been agitating for a Tharuhat province. On Monday, the TSC had gathered thousands of Tharus in Tikapur from various parts of Kailali district to erase ‘Nepal Government’ from sign boards of public officers and write ‘Autonomous Tharuhat Province’ over them.

According to an eye-witness interviewed by, a news portal run by pro-Tharuhat journalists, thousands of protesters marching towards a government office were stopped by a group of police personnel backed by AFP soldiers at Pasuhat of Tikapur.

The eye-witness reported: “Protesters outnumbered police by far and surrounded them from every corner. Police fired tear gas to make their way through. But this provoked protesters who started to attack police with spears, axes and knives. I saw six policemen falling to the ground and bleeding profusely.”

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2 Responses to “Kailali carnage”

  1. rahana bishwas on Says:

    Infiltration bhanera ayojak umkina paidaina. Crime is crime. Terai Madhesh leadership must take responsibility and state must hold them responsible whether they are CA member or whatsoever. Those who gave and are giving non patriotic and communal hatred speech at Tikapur fewdays before and giving elsewhere now must be held responsible.

  2. Indu Rai on Says:

    In this mournful situation of Nepal I would like to suggest the people of terai region and different caste and tribes including Tharu people to come into unity to be a whole Nepal.It is folly to demand for the different state in this small nation of Nepal.we must not break into smaller states but form a large state which would be easier to confront with our opponents.Be wise and create peace in all the region of Nepal.Love your brethren.It would be the situation to cover our face with veil in front of other countries.
    I want to pay homage and condolence to all the souls of the martyrs and their bereaved families.May the Lord give them peace and strength to confront this mournful,painful situation.

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