Seven security personel including Nepal Police SSP Laxman Neupane have been killed in a violent clash in Tikapur in the district on Monday afternoon.
There have been eight confirmed casualties in the incident, including a toddler.
The situation took a nasty turn after the irate cadres breached the restricted zone in Tikapur.
Around 20,000 demonstrators had picketed a police team led by SSP Laxman Neupane five km north of Tikapur. Additional police force has been deployed to the incident site.
SSP Laxman Neupane along with two Inspectors Keshav Bohora and Balram Bista and two others from Nepal Police lost their lives in the clash.
PHOTO COURTESY: RAMESH BAJGAIN
Earlier Inspector General of Police (IGP) Upendra Kanta Aryal had said there were some casualties in the clash.
Talking to myrepublica, APF Spokespereson Pushpa Ram KC said that two Head Constables of the Nepal Armed Police Force lost their lives in the incident.
Since last 13 days, Tharuwan/Tharuhat United Struggle Committee has been hitting the streets in the west tarai region demanding autonomous Tharuhat province including Kanchanpur and Kailai districts in the new federal structure.
2-year-old among those killed in Tikapur incident
Protestors in Tikapur of Kailali district on Monday also shot dead a two year- old son of a policeman.
The boy was shot inside his home, while the protestors were trying to shoot his father.
Doctors at the Kailali District Hospital said the boy was shot in his head. “The boy had died before he was brought to the hospital,” said Dr Narendra Kumar Khanal, superintendent at the district hospital. He informed that eight bodies, including that of the two-year-old was brought to the hospital.
He informed that around 60 injured have been brought to the hospital. Of them only three are civilians, while the rest are security personnel.
The doctors said seven of the injured policemen are in critical condition and need to be immediately rushed to the capital for treatment.
Dr Khanal informed that two helicopters have flown from Nepalgunj to Kailali to airlift all injured policemen. He said all policemen have received deep injuries. “Those who have received head injuries are in critical condition,” he informed.
Bashu Dev Bajgain, a public health inspector at the District Public Health Office (DPHO), Kailali informed that there are just two doctors serving in the hospital. All health workers in the district have been sent to Tikapur to treat the injured.