Tension grips Biratnagar as protesters clash with police personnel

BIRATNAGAR: Tension ran high in Biratnagar after bandh enforcers clashed with police personnel on Wednesday.

Police said that the clash ensued after cadres of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) vandalised a police check post near the Nepal-India border in Morang at around 9 am today and hurled stones at police.

The UDMF has been staging demonstrations in the Tarai districts for more than three weeks putting forth various demands.

Police said that they fired 16 rounds of rubber bullets in the air to take the situation under control. The District Police Office (DPO) said that police shot some rounds of teargas shells as well.

Meanwhile, journalists Jitendra Thakur and Nabin Karna are reported to have been assaulted by the agitators in Biratnagar-21. Karna's motorcycle was also torched in the incident.

Karna affiliated with Biratnagar-based Makalu Television and Thakur, who works with Gorkhapatra Daily, were said to be heading to collect news reports when the incident occurred.

Police said that a large number of police personnel have been deployed in the area to avert any untoward incidents.