Maoists block highway

Rajbiraj, November 23:

Maoists blocked the Mahendra highway in Saptari today to press for the release of Maoist Area No. 3 in-charge Mahesh Yadav who was arrested on the charge of assaulting police constables Raj Kumar Yadav and Dilli Rai when the latter went to Bagahakhal Tole of Khoksar Pravah VDC to settle a dispute over a tree.

The dispute arose after Mahesh felled a blackberry tree belonging to Lakhan Yadav. Mahesh attacked the constable duo when the latter arrived at the village to settle the dispute. Mahesh also attacked Lakhan and his son Duvilal. Maoists had grabbed Lakhan’s land during the insurgency period.

The Maoists also blocked Rajbiraj-Rupani road and Rajbiraj-Bhardhaha road.