Four protesters hurt in clashes

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 24:

Four protesters were injured when activists of the Nepal Students’ Union clashed with police in front of the Institute of Engineering (IOE), Pulchowk, today.

The clash erupted when police intervened at a programme organised by the NSU to protest the hike in prices of petroleum products by burning tyres on the streets in front of the IOE Pulchowk. Among the injured are NSU Lalitpur district chairman Sanubabu Maharjan and IOE NSU chairman Narayan Adhikary. The NSU has condemned the attack. Meanwhile, students organised a corner meet at Indrachowk at 4 o’clock in the afternoon and protested against the hike in prices.

Prachanda Bikram Neupane, secretary of Free Students Union of Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, said that the subsidy in kerosene for students would not deter them from backing out from the protest. “Students’ protest will go on until the government withdraws the hike because it has affected the common people,” said Swastika Pokhrel, treasurer of Padma Kanya Campus Free Students Union.

The students affiliated to four political parties will organise a ‘black out’ in the valley on January 26 and a torch rally on January 28, it was informed.