Activists of the agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) defied curfew orders in Birgunj and staged demonstrations at various places in the town bordering India on Tuesday even as an uneasy calm settled in the region following the death of an Indian in firing by Nepalese police.
The activists soght to indulge in violence and hurled petrol bombs at security patrols. Two persons are said to have been injured in Tuesday's incidents in the Maisthan area, reported the Kathmandu Post. The Nepalese authorities have imposed indefinite curfew after the death of the Indian protester.
The protesters are said to have set fire to a cash counter of Nepal Telecom at Ghantaghar at around 4 pm. Police doused the flames and used lathis to disperse the protesters who also indulged in tye-burning in several places. Police fired a dozen shots into the air and lobbed teargas shells at Brahma Chok and Nagawa after protesters became aggressive, the reports said.
Meanwhile, PTI reports that India on Tuesday strongly condemned as "provocative" and "ill-intentioned" allegations by a Nepalese minister that ""As India cannot send its army in uniform, so there is a chance of Indian soldiers entering Nepal in plain clothes."
The Indian Embassy has expressed serious concerns over the remarks made by Nepalese Minister without portfolio, Satya Narayan Mandal on Monday.
The embassy said: "The comments are provocative, baseless and ill- intentioned... Coming from a responsible person holding the post of Minister in Government of Nepal, the comments are even more disconcerting and have the potential to adversely affect the cordial relations between India and Nepal."