Eighteen protesters held

RAJBIRAJ: Police arrested more than 18 people Wednesday while they were obstructing the East-West Highway at Rupani area.

They were protesting the killing of Akhilendra Yadav of Itahari Bishnupur-4, who was shot dead by police. Many others were injured in police firing.

Police today detained Dinesh Kumar Yadav, deputy chairman of Nepali Congress (NC), Saptari, coordinator of the struggle committee, Bikeshwor Bimal Yadav, and Sailendra Kumar Shah,deputy-chairman of Madheshi Rights Forum, Saptari, among others.

In a similar incident, the police had detained more than a dozen agitators from the place on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the agitators vandalised a truck at Maleth VDC of Rajbiraj-Rupani section of the highway on Tuesday night.