Birgunj, November 3
District Administration Office, Parsa continued with the indefinite curfew order considering the security situation in Birgunj today also.
The curfew was imposed from 3:00 pm yesterday.
Parsa DAO had clamped the indefinite curfew order after security personnel used force to disperse cadres of United Democratic Madhesi Front, who had been staging a sit-in at Miteri Bridge in Dasgaja area of Birgunj for the last 40 days.
An Indian National- Aashish Kumar Ram, 24, of Raxaul, was killed in police firing after a clash erupted between the agitators and police personnel in the area yesterday.
Despite the curfew order, clashes between cadres of agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front and security forces continued throughout the day in Birgunj on Tuesday.
The clash started when the agitating activists defied the curfew order imposed by the administration in the bazaar area from yesterday.
Security forces had to fire dozens of rounds of tear gas shells and open fire in the air to disperse demonstrators.
A large number of security personnel have been mobilized in the area to avert untoward incidents.
The agitators staged demonstrations defying the curfew order at Chhapkaiya, Adarshanagar, Nagawa, New Buspark, Pratimachowk among other places in Birgunj.
Security personnel and activists of the agitating front indulged in clashes at various places including Ghantaghar, Maisthan, Linkroad, Shrapur and around Indian consulate office today. The demonstrators hurled stones at vehicles belonging to security forces.
“After demonstrators started pelting stones at police personnel, we were compelled to lob tear gas shells and open fire in the air to disperse them,” clarified Parsa SP Raju Babu Shrestha.
The leaders and activists of the agitating front staged a sit-in at Miteri Bridge along the Birgunj-Raxaul border point for the 41st day today.
Tension had run high yesterday after security personnel used force to disperse demonstrators, with the intention of sending off Indian vehicles stranded in Nepali territory back to India.
A person sustained injuries when the agitating front’s activist hurled a petrol bomb in Maisthan of Birgunj today.
Bharat Nepal of Chhapkaiya, Birgunj was injured in the incident. The petrol bomb was targeted at security personnel. Journalist Biddharthi Giri was also injured and his motorbike was damaged in the bomb attack.
Parsa Chief District Office Keshavraj Ghimire said curfew was clamped in Inaruwa, Bypass, New bus Park, Powerhouse Chowk, Radhemai, Ranighat, Adarshanagar and Chhapakainya areas from Shankaracharyadwar of Birgunj.
Meanwhile, police today opened four rounds of blank fire after UDMF cadres tried to demonstrate defying the curfew order in these areas.
Security personnel opened three rounds of fire in the air at Brahma Chowk and one round of fire at Maisthan Temple after cadres started demonstrating in the areas today morning. It is said the the protesters scattered after police opened fire in the air.
A version of this article appears in print on November 04, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.