Six protesters killed by army in eastern Nepal
Soldiers shot dead six people and wounded three others after firing on a crowd of protesters outside an army camp in the town of Belbari.india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 19:46 IST
Soldiers shot dead six people on Wednesday and wounded three others after firing on a crowd of protesters outside an army camp in eastern Nepal, an army official said.
The soldiers shot the demonstrators after they had gathered and fired two shots to protest the death of a woman who was killed by troops in an "ambush" after reported "suspicious activities" near the camp on Tuesday evening, the official said.
"For self-defence they opened fire and killed six people and injured three others," said the official on customary condition of anonymity.
A rights activist said some 2,000 people had gathered at the base after rumours spread that the woman had been raped and killed by a soldier.
Security forces opened fire at 1:30 pm (local time) at the camp in the town of Belbari, 590 kilometres southeast of Kathmandu, said Kundan Aryal, general secretary of Informal Sector Service Centre, a Nepalese rights group.
The rights group said the army had taken the six bodies.
The army has been accused by rights groups of human rights abuses including extra-judicial killings and rape during its campaign against Maoist rebels.
First Published: Apr 26, 2006 19:46 IST