Villagers defy curfew

BARA: At least 50 demonstrators were injured when the police charged them with batons, fired tear gas shells and bullets for defying a curfew order here at Kachorba village on Thursday. Charandev Jayasabal of Kachorba VDC was shot in the leg. He is undergoing treatment in a local health post. Eyewitnesses said the police fired more than 100 tear gas shells. Bara CDO Taranath Gautam said the curfew had been clamped and security personnel were deployed to prevent a clash between a contractor and villagers. The curfew was clamped from 11 am. Nine persons were injured in a clash that ensued over fishing in a pond on Wednesday.