Rising against Maoist atrocities during Nepal's festive Diwali season, locals thrashed a group of armed rebels who had allegedly forced their way into a resident's house and looted cash.
At least six Maoist cadre were beaten up by locals who resisted when the rebels allegedly seized cash from people playing cards during the Diwali festival on October 24 in the house of one Gopal Dawadi in Arjundhara village of Jhapa district, police said.
The locals, who got enraged after they saw Maoists entering Dawadi's house wielding a knife and mistreating the residents, beat them up before handing them over to police.
Locals also burnt to the ground a Maoist checkpost and blocked the east-west highway in Sarlahi in southern Nepal on Wednesday, according to the government daily The Rising Nepal.
Some 20 locals were playing cards in Sarlahi when the Maoist cadre asked them to stop the game.
Refusing to be intimidated, the locals burnt down the checkpost.
In Dhankuta district, residents closed a local market to protest the alleged manhandling of people by the rebels.