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18 injured as civilians, Maoists clash in Nepal

At least 18 people, including journalists and lawyers, were injured when locals clashed with some 50 Maoist cadres in southern Nepal.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2006 15:06 IST

At least 18 people, including journalists and lawyers, were injured when locals clashed with Maoists in southern Nepal.

The incident occurred when a group of locals organised a demonstration to protest against their leader's decision to expel them from the party.

The agitators were chased by the rebels' group in Kalaiya, headquarters of Bara district, police said.

Some 50 Maoist cadres attacked the demonstrators with bamboo sticks, injuring dozens, three of them seriously.

Most of the agitating people were the former Maoist workers.

One of the injured was Binod, the former chief of All Nepal National Free Students (ANNFSU), a Maoist affiliated students wings.

Maoists have barred journalists from taking pictures of the incident. In the scuffle some lawyers and journalists were also injured.