Sporadic violence marked fourth day of the indefinite strike called by opposition Maoists in Nepal to remove the ruling government.
Two shots were fired by unidentified persons during a confrontation between supporters of UCPN (Maoist) and Youth Force, the youth wing of ruling CPN (UML), at Bhaktapur near the capital. No one was injured.
Fifteen policemen sustained injuries while controlling a clash between Youth Force and UCPN (M) cadres at Dhankuta. Incidents of damage to shops and vehicles took place in other parts of Nepal as well.
Maoists have been demanding removal of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and setting up a national government headed by them to complete the peace and constitution drafting processes within the May 28 deadline.
Amidst the ongoing deadlock, a senior UCPN (M) politburo member Ram Karki flew to New Delhi on Wednesday to meet Indian leaders. He is reported to have been invited by CPI (M) for talks with Indian leaders.
Till now India has refrained from playing the role of a mediator in ending the political impasse in Nepal.
Normal life continued to be affected as schools, offices, shops, business establishments remained closed for the fourth consecutive day.