Dozens injured as cops, protesters clash in Janakpurdham
JANAKPURDHAM: At least 45 security personnel and 24 protesters were injured in clashes at Janaki Chok near the Janaki Temple here in Janakpurdham on Tuesday.
The cadres and supporters of agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front surrounded the police post at Janaki Chok from all four sides and hurled stones and petrol bombs at the security personnel.
According to the Chief District Officer of Dhanusha, Kali Prasad Parajuli, the protesters continued attacking the security personnel for over seven hours till this evening.
The injured security personnel are from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force.
CDO Parajuli informed that the security personnel lobbed 22 shells of tear gas in a bid to disperse the protesters.
According to him, the protesters who were injured in the clashes were admitted to the Janakpur Zonal Hospital for treatment.
The treatment of the injured security personnel, however, has witnessed problems as the government health facilities are occupied by the protesting side and taking the former to private hospitals would inflict more financial burden.
According to Shesh Narayan Yadav of UDMF, more than 29 protesters were injured today.
The protesters resorted to surrounding the police post in order to release one of their comrades who was earlier arrested.
The UDMF has intensified the agitation for the past three days demanding that the security personnel vacated the Janaki Chok-based police post.
Meanwhile, the UDMF has announced that it would hold a lathi rally in Janakpur on Wednesday. It has been learned that Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav would take part in the rally.