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Seventh protester killed in Nepal violence

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 14:35 IST

A protester was killed in fighting with police in southeastern Nepal, the seventh person to be killed since unrest flared nearly two weeks ago, a local official said.

The death came as hundreds of police were sent to enforce curfews imposed in three southeast Nepal towns, officials said.

"Another protester was killed and three others injured in police firing Sunday after the activists from the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum defied the curfew and attacked policemen deployed in the town," said Bhola Prasad Siwakoti, a local official in Bara district, where the protester was killed.

Bara district, around 220 kilometres southwest of Kathmandu, has seen almost two weeks of violence as the Mahadhesi community protests a lack of representation in a new parliament sworn in this month which includes former Maoist rebels.

"Hundreds of protesters attacked the policemen with sticks, bricks, stones, injuring around two dozen officers," said Siwakoti.

The violence over demands by the Mahadhesi community for greater political representation has erupted in a country that only recently saw an end to ten years of civil war between government forces and Maoist insurgents.