Kathmandu: In fresh violence in Nepal, three persons, including a woman, were killed on Thursday when police opened fire to quell clashes between agitating Madhesis and ruling CPN-UML youth wing cadres in a town bordering India, forcing Prime Minister K P Oli to cancel his visit there.
Violence erupted in Rangeli Municipality of southern Morang district after hundreds of activists of Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) armed with batons, knives and petrol bombs tried to disrupt an event hosted by Youth Association of Nepal (YAN) to honour the Prime Minister.
Police tried to stop the clashes with batons, tear gas and blank shots, but as the protest became violent they were forced to fire at the crowd, Home Ministry spokesman Yadav Koirala said.
Morang chief district officer Swayam Raya said three persons were killed during the clashes and eight others were also injured. The deceased have been identified as Draupadi Devi Chaudhary, 60, Shivu Majhi and Mahadev Hrishi.
DIG Madhav Joshi said the injured have been rushed to a local hospital. Prime Minister Oli cancelled his visit after the tension in the area. CPN-UML general secretary Ishwor Pokharel and other senior leaders had reached the venue to address the gathering.