ITAHARI: Normal life in the Tarai districts was affected owing to the indefinite Tarai bandh called by the Joint Tharuhat Struggle Committee on the fifth day on Sunday. The local administration has imposed an indefinite curfew in Sunsari and Udaypur districts this afternoon.

Sunsari Chief District Officer Hari Krishna Upadhyaya said stern action would be taken against those defying curfew orders. A large number of security personnel have been mobilised in sensitive areas.

More than 70 transport vehicles that had been stranded for the past five days have headed to their destination. Activists of Tharuhat had torched two trucks and vandalised

seven vehicles in Sunsari on Saturday night.

Udaypur district headquarters Gaighat remained tense following a clash between police and Tharuhat activists this afternoon. The local administration imposed indefinite curfew in several wards of the municipality from 2 pm today.

In Bokse of Triyuga municipality in the district, Tharuhat activists clashed with the police. The police had to open 20 rounds of tear gas shells to disperse the unruly mob. In the melee, Inspector Tirtha Gautam was injured when a stone hurled by the agitators hit him. Gautam has been sent to Dharan for treatment. Ten agitators who were injured in the police lathicharge are undergoing treatment in the Udaypur District Hospital.

In a clash that occurred in Deuri bazaar between the police and demonstrators, three policemen, including DSP Pashupatinath Dotel, were injured. The clash ensued after the agitators torched a truck. The demonstrators had also hurled stones at DSP Dotel’s vehicle, causing minor damage.

The Tharuhat activists also torched seven VDC offices in Kailali district, including Bhajani, Baliya, Sandhepani, Joshipur, Dooddhara, Ramshikharjhala and Thapapur VDCs.