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Nepal lifts curfew from parts of protest-hit south districts

Kathmandu: Nepal today lifted curfew fromĀ  parts of violence-hit southern districts bordering India with situation improving in some areas after weeks of violent protest over the new Constitution that left more than 40 dead.Curfew was
PTI September 22, 2015 22:39 IST
PTI

Kathmandu: Nepal today lifted curfew fromĀ  parts of violence-hit southern districts bordering India with situation improving in some areas after weeks of violent protest over the new Constitution that left more than 40 dead.

Curfew was lifted from Birgunj town, bordering Raxaul in Bihar, this morning and restrictive orders are being relaxed in some places as the situation is gradually improving in the southern plains of Terai, Home Ministry spokesperson Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said.

"The situation has been improving in many districts," he said.

Police in Nepal yesterday opened fire at Madhesi activists protesting against the newly-unveiled Constitution, injuring three persons in Biratnagar.

Life has been severely affected in the country due to the month-long agitation by the Madhesi Front and Tharuwan Struggle Committee in southern and some parts of western Nepal. They have been protesting against federating the country in seven province.

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The agitating Madhesi parties are demanding more districts with more resources under their territory and proportionate representation of their ethnic community in government bodies as well as reforms in the citizenship laws.

While many in Nepal hailed Sunday's adoption of the new constitution after a seven-year effort, the agitating Mahesi parties burnt the copies of the Constitution in the southern Nepal.

Madhesis are Indian-origin people living on the foothills of Nepal's Terai region.

India yesterday expressed concern over the escalating tension and violence in the Terai region and called its envoy to Nepal, Ranjit Rae, to New Delhi for consultations.