Rajendra Mahato injured in clash with police at Nepal-India border point

KATHMANDU: Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato, one of the key leaders of the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front, was injured in a clash with police at Rani customs point, near Biratnagar of Morang district, on Saturday.

Morang District Police Office spokesperson DSP Pramod Kumar Kharel told THT Online that Mahato among some other cadres of the Front had gathered at the border point to stage a sit-in protest.

"We told them that they cannot stage any protest in the border area," Kharel said, "But, they began pelting stones at us and ran away to the other side of the border."

He, however, said that police did not have any information about actual injury of Mahato. "However, one of our constables sustained some injury."

Police had to use two rounds of tear gas to disperse them, he added. "The situation is already under our control."

It has been reported that leader Mahato had reached the no man's land at Rani-Jogbani border entry point via India.