Nepal: 10 injured in firing during protests over new constitution

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2015 10:21 IST
Nepalese policemen chase protesters after they burnt a copy of the new constitution during the protest organized by splinter of the Maoist party, alliance of ethnic group and Madhesi party, in Kathmandu. (AP)

Ten people were injured in separate incidents of police firing on Monday as protests continued in eastern and southern Nepal, a day after the promulgation of a new constitution.

Three people were injured at Biratnagar when police opened fire after a group of protesters opposing the statute clashed with security personnel, while six others were injured while violating curfew orders and burning copies of the new statute.

Another person sustained serious injuries in Sarlahi district when police fired on protesters burning the residence of a ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) lawmaker.

Residence of a ruling Nepali Congress lawmaker was vandalised by protesters in Kalaiya of Bara district. Some protesters were injured when police resorted to baton charge.

Curfew continued to be imposed in many towns in Terai plains bordering India where violent protests against the constitution have claimed over 40 lives.

Copies of the new statute were burnt by protesters in Siraha district. Similar scenes were also witnessed in Janakpur where protesters carrying black flags burnt copies of the constitution.

Madhesis, Tharus and other marginalised communities residing in Terai have been protesting against demarcation of federal states and other ‘unequal’ provisions in the new statute.

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