One person was killed in police firing and dozens of others injured in separate incidents of protests in Nepal on Tuesday over demarcation of new federal states in the country’s new constitution.
A 35-year-old was killed and over a dozen others injured in Saptari district of eastern Nepal bordering India when police fired to control protesters who had torched a police station and attacked a police van.
Protests had turned violent after several people were injured in a baton charge by police in Bhardaha in an effort to clear the east-west highway blocked by members of a joint Madhesi front.
“The protesters burnt police vehicles and attacked the local police station with petrol bombs. Police resorted to firing after efforts at dispersing the mob by using baton charge and tear gas failed,” said Nepal Police spokesperson Kamal Singh Bam.
Over a dozen people including policemen were hurt in Jumla district in mid-western Nepal after protesters defied curfew.
Clash between protesters also took place at Mirchaiya in Siraha district in eastern Nepal where a vehicle was torched.
Violent protests have been taking place in Nepal’s Madhes plains bordering India and the mid-western region following a deal between four major parties earlier this month on dividing the country into six federal states.
Protesters are unhappy with the number of states and also the boundaries demarcated by the parties, which are to be included in the country’s new constitution. Major parties have assured that they would look into the matter and redraw the boundaries, if needed.
Nepal’s constitution drafting process which began in 2008 is in its final phase following deals between major parties on most contentious issues.