Fresh bout of Nepal clashes – 16 injured, including a Madhesi leader
Kathmandu : 16 persons were injured, including a Madhesi leader during fresh bout of clashes near Indo-Nepal border between Nepalese police and agitators opposing the new Constitution. The Madhesi leader Rajendra Mahato, the chairman of Sadhbhawana Party, was injured in police action in Biratnagar yesterday. The Clashes erupted as police intervened in a blokade which was called by Madhesi cadres who tried to block routes at the Rani Customs point in Jogbani-Biratnagar area near Indo-Nepal border. Two other cadres were also injured in the incident.
Sadbhawana Party is one of the four leading protest group within Madhesi parties, which have been agitating in southern Nepal districts under the banner of United Democratic Madhesi Front for the last four months.Madhesis, largely of Indian-origin, are agitating over the new Constitution demanding more representation. The protests are also centered around division of their ancestral homeland under the seven-province structure, all of which have led an ongoing blockade of key border trade points with India.
The agitating Madhesi cadres staged demonstrations and chanted slogans against government at the District Police Office area in Rajbiraj. The clashes gained momentum and resulted in injuries. Twelve protesters and one policeman were injured during clashes that erupted between the security personnel and the agitating Madhesi cadres in Ramchowk of Janakpur.
The Madhesi groups have been demanding action against the security personnel involved in the incident.To register their vociferous protests, the agitating Madhesi cadres torched vehicle of Kantipur National Daily in Parwanipur Chok of Bara district in southern Nepal.