As protests by agitating Madhes-based political parties and the Tharu community enters second week, protestors have intensified their agitation in some parts of the Tarai districts, while the local administration in various districts, in response, have imposed prohibitory orders in certain areas.
Three policemen and two protestors were injured when they clashed in Parasi, the district headquarters of Nawalparasi district, on Wednesday.
The clash had ensued when protestors tried to breach the restricted zone in the district, according to Chief District Officer (CDO) Hari Prasad Mainali. After issuing preliminary warning, security personnel fired teargas shells and shots in the air to discourage protesters from entering the district headquarters, said Mainali.
Two protestors, who received bullet injuries, have been identified as Bihadi Dhobi, 50, and Munni Kalwar, 40. They are undergoing treatment at Bhairahawa Medical College.
According to the District Administration Office, Nawalparasi, the injured policemen are receiving treatment at Prithvi Chandra Hospital in Parasi. Parasi and adjacent areas along the 14-km-long Basa Chowk-Sunwal Chowk road section has been declared prohibited area. The local administration has also clamped curfew in prohibited areas.
Prohibitory order extended in Bhairahawa
In order to avert any untoward incident in Bhairahawa of Rupandehi district, a meeting of the District Security Committee held on Wednesday extended the prohibitory order till August 30, according to Chief District Officer (CDO) Bishnu Prasad Dhakal.
The prohibitory order is in force since the last five days. The Madhesi parties’ alliance and Tharuhat Sangharsh Samiti have continued their protests throwing normal life out of gear in the district for the last two weeks.
Protests intensify in Sunsari
Locals from the Tharu community and cadres of the Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (Democractic) have intensified their protest in Sunsari district on Wednesday, demanding a separate province comprising six eastern districts — Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha and Udaypur.
Meanwhile, the local administration has mobilized army in Sunsari district to thwart any untoward incident, informed CDO Ravilal Pantha.
Around 3 dozen police posts emptied in Rautahat, Banke
The District Police Office (DPO) of Rautahat has emptied over 26 temporary outposts and merged them into one following the death of a protestor in Gaur, the district headquarters, on Tuesday.
The protest in Rautahat district has taken an ugly turn after a protestor was killed in police firing on Tuesday. Local protestors have been targeting police offices at the village level. Irate locals had set ablaze a police station after the death of the protestor.
Likewise, DPO Banke has vacated half a dozen temporary police outposts in the district, considering the threat to security personnel following the Kailali incident.
Two days ago, cadres of the agitating alliance of Madhesi parties had set ablaze a police outpost at Tribhuwan Chowk in Nepalgunj.
Order to resume imports from India
The district administration offices of Bara and Parsa districts have issued orders to resume imports from India through the Pathlaiya-Birgunj route.
The route has been declared restricted zone and no protest activities would be allowed along the road section.
Imports from India have been completely halted due to the indefinite strike. Around 4,000 vehicles carrying essential goods were stranded at Raxual on the Nepal-India border.