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Four dead in Rupandehi (Updated)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
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Pic: Deepak Gyawali

Pic: Deepak Gyawali

A four-year old child along with three others died in a clash between protesters and police at Bethari, Rupandehi on Tuesday evening. 20 policemen and five locals were injured during the clash.

According to SSP Rajendra Dhakal, a clash ensued after the agitators attacked trucks loaded with goods, which were being escorted by the police through the Lumbini industrial corridor.

The deceased have been identified as 4-year-old Chandan Kumar Patel, Bindu Lakaul, 35, Ranjana Chettri, 14 and Raj Kumar Barai, 35. The police fired after the protesters pelted stones and attacked with home-made weapons the police vehicles and trucks which were being escorted.

The locals say the deceased were shoppers who had been shopping at the local market in Bethari and not protesters. The police had directed the firing toward the market after the protesters ran in that direction.

Two police vehicles and two trucks ferrying goods have been damaged during the clash. In response the local authorities have clamped a curfew in the area.

The protesters had vandalised various factories, including a cement factory owned by Pashupati Murarka, President of Federation of Nepalese Chamber and Commerce (FNCCI) situated in the same corridor last week.

Representatives from FNCCI had met with the agitating parties on 9 September urging them to call off the strike. The owners claim that the protesters have been targeting them since the meeting.

Deepak Gyawali in Butwal.

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