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Protesters’ family members killed in Nepal police firing demand justice

Birgunj, Nov. 26 : Family members of the protesters who were killed police firing at Bethari Bazaar in Nepal are demanding justice.

Anti-government sentiments continue to prevail in the Terai region of Nepal as Madhesi protesters demand equal rights in the newly adopted Constitution.

Several people have lost their lives in police crackdown in over two months.

Among those dead was 45-year-old Sobhawati Murav, a vegetable vendor, who was killed in police firing on September 15 in Batheri Bazaar (market).

The victim’s family is demanding that the government should declare her a martyr.

More than 40 people have been killed in violent clashes since the declaration of the new Constitution.

“Nepal police has killed her. The Nepal government should give compensation and declare her as martyr. We demand satisfactory compensation. The government should also punish the culprits,” said, Mahendra Yadav, Madheshi leader.

In a recent incident, four Madhesi protesters were killed and several injured in police firing in Bhardaha, Rupani and Rajbiraj areas of Saptari district.

In its 44-page report titled “Like We Are Not Nepali: Protest and Police Crackdown in the Terai Region of Nepal”, the Human Rights Watch found no evidence that any of these victims were posing a threat at the time that they were killed. (ANI)