Patience is running out and tempers are flaring as the indefinite strike called by opposition Maoists in Nepal to oust the government continued for the fifth day on Thursday.
Though the strike was largely peaceful the first three days, growing frustration due to continuing deadlock that has brought Nepal to a halt led to several violent incidents on Wednesday and Thursday.
One youth was killed and dozen others injured at Makwanpur in a clash between groups for and against the strike. A child was injured following clashes between locals and Maoists at Budhanilkantha in Kathmandu.
Maoist demonstrators allegedly looted a bank at Baratpur and left with computers and a telephone set. Shopkeepers and commoners were also beaten up at several places and property and vehicles damaged.
The border town of Birganj remained tense as a dozen people were injured in a clash between Maoists and supporters of a Hindu outfit opposing the strike. Curfew has been imposed to fervent further violence.