One killed during demonstration in Nepalgunj

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Kathmandu, Feb 17 (UNI) One protestor was killed and over four dozen, including police personnel were injured in the clashes with police on the fifth day of indefinite strikes called by Madhesi groups in Nepalgunj today.

Gulzar Khan of Belaspur, currently living in Nepalgunj municipality-16, died while undergoing treatment at Bheri Zonal Hospital, local media reported.

The Banke district administration clamped a seven-hour curfew in Nepalgunj after the incident this afternoon.

Despite the curfew clashes between the police and protesters continued at different places leaving at least 29 demonstrators and 30 security personnel injured, Kantipuronline quoted its local reporter as saying.

Police have claimed that they fired rubber bullets at the protestors.

Police fired blank shots and tear gas shells to contain the irate mob. Six security personnel and some protestors were injured in the clash.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has said that he would resolve Terai problems by bringing the agitating Madhesi groups on board for the Constituent Assembly elections slated for April 10.

''We have been waiting for our Madhesi friends to participate in the CA polls and urging them to resolve the issue through the key elections, as we have arrived at this stage through dialogue,'' Kantipur quoted PM Koirala as saying.

''And we believe that solutions to all the problems would be resolved by the CA polls.'' UNI XC RAR GC2053

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