Protestors Kill Police Officers, Torch Houses in Nepal

Kailali_district

Kailali_district

The situation in western Nepal remained tense on Tuesday with more and more reports of uprisings in Tikapur, a district in Kailali where protestors torched houses and attacked the police.

An indefinite curfew has been imposed in the area after 11 people were killed and several injured, when a mob opposing the new constitution in Nepal turned violent on Monday and attacked the police with axes, knives and spears.

The deceased include seven police officers, three protestors and an 18-month old boy, according to the Associated Press.  

The toddler was playing in front of his house when a bullet hit his head. His father, paramilitary officer Netra Bhadur Saud, told AFP that the bullet was meant for him.

Meanwhile, media reports indicate that the Tuesday violence was primarily aimed at the ethnic Tharu community, the prime group involved in the Monday unrest.

It all began around second week of August, when all the four major parties in Nepal announced their decision to divide the country into six federal states.

The parties were forced to make changes in their plans to accommodate a seventh state after protestors thronged the streets in Madhes and mid-western regions of Nepal  last Friday.

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