One dead as police open fire at protesters defying curfew in Surkhet

A protester was killed as police opened fire at protesters defying curfew clamped in Birendranagar, the district headquarters, after protests demanding undivided Mid-western region turned violent on Monday.

The identification of the deceased is yet to be ascertained and the dead body has been kept at the premises of District Police Office, Surkhet.

The local administration had enforced curfew from 1 pm till 9 pm in the evening after agitations demanding undivided Mid-western region and declaration of Surkhet as federal capital went out of control.
Chief District Officer Baldev Gautam said the incident occurred as the law enforcement agency opened air fire to maintain order.

Protesters at first vandalized the office of Jhupra Drinking Water Project and then marched toward District Administration Office.

The mob then set District Development Office building, municipality office building and the house of Nepali Congress joint general secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka on fire.

According to police, protesters also set ablaze vehicles of Chief District Officer and leader Khadka.

Source: MyRepublica