Child among 3 hurt in protests over new constitution in Nepal

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Sep 27, 2015 18:49 IST
A Madhesi got injured due to firing by Nepal Police. (Maniram Sharma/ HT Photo)

A three-year-old child and two people were wounded when supporters of Madhesi parties, unhappy with Nepal’s new constitution, damaged over 70 vehicles on Sunday.

The convoy of vehicles escorted by police was targeted along a 15km stretch on the East-West Highway at Bhardaha in Saptari district bordering India.

The more-than-a-month-long protests by Madhesi and Tharu communities in the southern plains against demarcation of states in Nepal’s recently-approved constitution have claimed 44 lives so far.

Police officer Shishir Kumar Karmacharya said three passengers were wounded in Sunday’s attack and they have been taken to hospitals in Dharan and Biratnagar for treatment.

Protests intensified since Thursday with Tharu and Madhesi outfits deciding to prevent movement of vehicles on highways and block entry points to Nepal from the Indian side.

Thousands of trucks carrying goods and fuel have been left stranded at entry points along the border.

India has blamed protests in Terai for the volatile situation. But Kathmandu termed disruption in entry of trucks from India, which have affected supplies in Nepal, as an undeclared embargo by New Delhi.

Nepal relies extensively on India for petroleum products and the protest-marred supply choke has forced the government to enforce rationing of automobile fuel.

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