Phidim remains tense

PHIDIM: Agitating Limbuwan students and police clashed in Phidim on Friday afternoon during a bandh called by the students to protest the death of a student in Dhulabari of Jhapa on Thursday. The police clashed with the demonstrators when the latter tried to vandalise the revenue office and land mapping office for defying the bandh. Police fired four rounds of tear gas shells to bring the situation under control. Assistant secretary of Sanghiya Limbuwan Rajya Parisad Kamalraj Nembang said the police detained three Limbuwan cadres. Five policemen were also injured in the clash. Phidim remained tense due to the clash. Meanwhile, the agitators torched two motorcycles, which were heading to Ranke from Rabi VDC. Limbuwan cadres also took a government vehicle under control from Ranke Bazaar. However, the police released the vehicle from the Limbuwan cadres after three hours. — HNS

Bandh hits Doti hard

DIPAYAL: Normal life in Doti came to a standstill on Friday due to a bandh called by the University Struggle Committee, demanding establishment of a university in Doti. The bandh obstructed vehicular movement in the district leaving scores of passengers stranded in the area. Market places, educational institutions and industries also remained closed. Agitators demonstrated in several parts of the district. Co-coordinator of the struggle committee Chandradev Bhatta said they would not withdraw their protest until the government officially declared to establish a university in Doti. — HNS

CJ releases book

KATHMANDU: Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri on Friday released a book titled Law and Justice penned by former Supreme Court Justice Sharada Prasad Pandit. CJ Giri called the book a bundle of experience of a retired judge. Pandit penned the book after his retirement. The book was released at a programme organised by Tanahun-Kathmandu Lawyers’

Society. — HNS

Nine houses gutted

BIRGUNJ: Nine houses were gutted when fire broke out in Hariharpur VDC-8 of Parsa on Thursday night. Houses of Sangal Mahato, Murup Mahato, Lal Bahadur Paswan, Awadhesh Mahato and Brijalal Mahato were gutted in the fire. According to the police, the fire started from Sangal Mahato’s house and it caused a damage worth Rs 8 lakh. The blaze was brought under control after a fire tender came from Birgunj. It took three hours to douse the fire.— HNS