37th Day of Protest – Situation Update

The ongoing Andolan marks the 37th day today

MPRF-D vice-chair’s son among five injured in police firing in Sarlahi

Bikram Yadav, son of Madhesi People’s Rights Forum-Democratic (MPRF-D) vice chair Rameshwar Ray, sustained bullet injuries to his neck in Malangawa, the district headquarters of Sarlahi on Monday. He was airlifted to Kathmandu by an army helicopter for further treatment.

Police had fired 35 rounds and lobbed two tear gas shells to bring the situation under control, according to Chief District Officer (CDO) Meghnath Kafle.

Among four others injured, 26-year-old Ritesh Yadav, sustained  shrapnel injuries in his eyes when police clashed with demonstrators after the former attempted to douse the residence of former lawmaker Kamala Devi Mahato of the CPN-UML in Malangawa that was set ablaze by the latter.

One commits suicide in disapproval to the new constitution in Mahottari

A 50-year-old Rampradeep Mahato of Rajkhor village of Gausala municipality has committed suicide in disapproval to the new constitution. Locals had recovered the body of Mahato left hanging in a tree.

“He was concerned about the government’s apathy toward the issues of Madheshi people. He used to say it is useless to live if our concerns are left unaddressed in the new constitution,” said Rajendra Sah, Mahato’s neighbor.

“He was shouting that he would kill himself if the new constitution fails to incorporate our demands. No one believed, he would make such move,” said Sah.

3 persons sitting on rooftops shot in police firing in Biratnagar

Three persons sitting on rooftops of their houses sustained rubber bullet injuries in police firing at Mahabir Chowk of Biratnagar, Morang on Monday, according to Pramod Kharel, spokesperson of District Police Office (DPO), Morang. “They were injured when police fired shots in the air,” said Kharel.

The injured have been identified as Pinki Kesari, 20, Ajay Sahani, 14, and Bishal Kesari, of Biratnagar Sub Metropolitan City. They are receiving treatment at Biratnagar-based Golden Hospital, informed Kharel.

The clash between security personnel and protesters broke out during demonstrations when the latter pelted stones at the former while dousing a burning tire on the street.

A dozen demonstrators injured in clash with police in Rautahat

A dozen demonstrators were injured after clashes broke out between police and protestors in Garuda of Rautahat on Monday after the latter burnt copies of the new constitution. A clash took place after police intervened in the demonstrations organized in the prohibited area in the district.

The protestors pelted stones at police after police attempted to obstruct their demonstration. Police later fired several rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets to bring the situation under control.

Copies of new constitution burnt across Madhes

Tens of thousands of locals and cadres of agitating UDMF burnt the copies of New Constitution-2015 in different districts across Madhes. They also marked Monday as “black day” by demonstrating black flags in the districts.