Quick info: Nepal is geographically divided into three regions: Himal (Mountains), Pahad (Hills) and Terai or Madhesh (Plain). People residing in those areas are called Himali, Pahadi and Madheshi.
Biratnagar, a town in Terai Nepal, was tense today as Madheshi Peoples’ Right Forum (MPRF) called for Banda (strike). A group of residents opposing the Banda clashed with those supporting it. Forum activists vandalized 18 trucks loaded with production materials and destroyed 11 buses that were parked in the bus park. As the mob started vandalizing everything around the district administration of Morang imposed curfew effective from 4 PM to 10 PM targeting major precincts. The demonstrations continued as the curfew came into effect and police fired 18 rounds in air and 24 tear gas shell. All pics and reports by Bhim Ghimire
Madheshi Peoples’ Right Forum (MPRF) activists with lathis in their hands
The deserted road after the curfew came into effect.
Policemen firing tear gas shells near Mahendra Chowk
Policemen washing their eyes after the tear gas came back to them.
And in Janakpur
In Jaleshwor of Dhanusha, Madheshi Peoples’ Right Forum (MPRF) organized a demonstration in which activists were armed with lathis. All three pics by Rabindra Upriety
Forum activists set ablaze the CPN Maoist office in Jaleshwor after vandalizing it. In the photo above, curious kids watch the fire as Maoist literature turn into ashes.
Forum activists burnt effigies of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and CPN Maoist chairman Prachanda in Jaleshwor’s Mahendra Chowk.
More than half a dozen private shops were burnt by the angry mob as thousands hit the street of Janakpur. Three vehicles belonging to local Rama hotel were burnt by the demonstrators. Pic by Shyamsundar Shashi