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Man killed in police firing in Southeast Nepal

SARLAHI: A man was killed when the police opened fire on the people who launched a protest at Banke Chowk along the East West Highway on Sunday in protest of a child who drowned in a ditch dug to extract sands and pebbles from local Banke river. Four other protestors were injured in the firing.
A clash between the police and the agitators ensued after the police tried to clear the road obstruction, thus prompting them to open fires, said Superintendent of Police Gopal Chandra Bhattarai.
The police shot bullets after the agitators hurled stones at them, he added. The deceased in the firing has been identified as Dewan Mahato, 27, of Ishworpur municipality-13, said lawmaker Pramod Sah. Sah was shot in the head.
The police and Armed Police Forced shot around 14 teargas shells and around two dozen bullets in the air in a bid to disperse the agitators, said Bhattarai.
The injured in the firing are yet to be identified. Bodies of both Sah and Amit, a 12-year-old son of local resident Lale Raya, who drowned in the ditch, were kept at the district hospital for a postmortem.

Published Date: Sunday, June 30th, 2019 | 12:52 PM

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