Tension flares up in Birgunj, Gaur

BIRGUNJ/ GAUR: Tension flared up in Birgunj, the district headquarters of Parsa, and Gaur, the district headquarters of Rautahat, as protesters and security personnel clashed on Sunday afternoon.

Protesters have taken to the streets obstructing the major thoroughfares by burning tyres in Birgunj, while clashes between the security personnel and protesters have been reported from Gaur.

At least one youth was gravely injured after he was hit by a bullet fired by security personnel in Gaur. The person, who appears to be in his 20s, has been rushed to the District Hospital for treatment. He is said to be in a critical condition.

Protesters are seen burning tyres at Nagawa, Birta, Ghantaghar, Buspark, Murali Chok, Radhemai Chok and Ranighat of Birgunj.

According to the Parsa Chief District Officer, Keshav Ghimire, a large number of security personnel have been deployed in the areas to prevent violence.

Soon after the leaders of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) declared to intensify their protests from today, the cadres and supporters agitating Madhesi parties started protesting since yesterday. Normal life has been affected due to the tension since Saturday morning.

Many organisations including the UDMF and Federal Inclusive Madhesi Alliance (FIMA) are active in the area, at present.

In Gaur, a mob, which included children also, pelted stones and threw petrol bombs at the security personnel near the District Police Office.

In retaliation, the security personnel lobbed several tear gas shells and fired shots in air to disperse the protesters. They chased the protesters to BP Chok, 100 metres away from the DPO.