Kailali police fired blank shots, tear gas shells to control the crowd that gathered to protest the death of a girl in a bus hit-and-run case in Lamki of Kailali, on Tuesday.

The locals have obstructed the highway and burned tires demanding swift justice for Kamala Devkota (22) of Lamkichuha Municipality-1 of the district, who was hit and killed by a bus (Na 6 Kha 8833), en route to Tikapur while she was walking at Lamki chok along the East-West Highway.

The protesters also surrounded the Area Police Office in Lamki.

To take the situation under control, police fired shots in the sky, informed Police Inspector Hikmat Thapa, who is deployed at District Police Office. As the situation around the area became tense, police had to use force and use some rounds of tear gas as well, added Inspector Thapa.

Police have already impounded the involved vehicle and detained its driver Puspa Kandel (31) belonging to Bardogoriya Rural Municipality-1. Further investigation into the case is ongoing, informed the police.