KATHMANDU, Nepal â?? Violence flared in southern Nepal when the police open fire on protesters who had been blocking the countryâ??s major highway, an official stated on Sunday. The shootings threatened to deepen a political crisis more than the countryâ??s new Constitution.
Two protesters had been killed in the violence that broke out Saturday night in the Bhardaha and Rupani locations of southern Nepal, and at least 28 have been hurt, including 15 police officers, mentioned Anil Kumar Thakur, the chief district officer in Saptari, which includes the two places.
A third protester was killed on Sunday evening in Rajbiraj, the headquarters of Saptari District, when the police fired on protesters who had set fire to a police van soon after the killings the night just before, Mr. Thakur said.
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On Saturday, the police were attempting to clear protesters from the Madhesi group, which opposes the not too long ago passed Constitution, who had been blocking a highway in Saptari District. The protesters attacked the police with firebombs, spears, sticks and stones, Mr. Thakur said.
But according to Shambhu Jha, a Madhesi protester who stated he was at the clash in Bhardaha, the group fought with the police only after officers utilised tear gas on the protesters. He said that at least 36 protesters had been injured.
Saturdayâ??s violence was the most recent in a series of clashes that began in August when important political parties started to finalize the drafting of a Constitution that would divide the country into provinces. Madhesis, who reside largely in the southern plains and have close geographic and historical ties with India, say that the provinces were drawn in such a way as to dilute their political voice. A lot more than 40 people have been killed in violent confrontations considering that.
Some Madhesi protesters have staged a sit-in on a main border post with India for about two months, and 1 Indian man was killed in a clash with the police there this month.
Trade among India and Nepal has slowed drastically because the passage of the Constitution, causing a fuel crisis in Nepal. Nepalese officials accuse India of imposing an unofficial blockade since of its objections to the process that led to the passage of the Constitution, which India considers not inclusive enough. India has denied ordering a blockade, but maintained that the trade impasse occurred due to the fact of security issues in Nepal more than the Constitution.
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