KATHMANDU — Sadbhawana Party Chair Rajendra Mahato, one of the key leaders of the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front, was injured in a clash with police at Rani customs point, near Biratnagar of Morang district, on Saturday.
Mahato has sustained serious wounds on his head and legs. While police claimed that Mahato was injured by stones tossed by the protesters from the Jogbani area crosswise over Nepal-India border, Sadbhawana Party leader Santosh Mehta accused security forces for using excessive force.
After the clash, Mahato and other UDMF activists went to the bordering Indian town of Jogbani where Mahato received primary treatment. Later he was brought to Biratnagar-based Golden Hospital and admitted in the ICU.
Mahato, alongside other Morcha activists, was staging a sit-into hinder the fringe point. The UDMF protesters then crossed into the Indian domain and heaved stones at police. Police had lobbed some tear gas canisters and charged batons to prevent any untoward situation. Five Morcha activists were also arrested.
Meanwhile, Upendra Mahato, a Central Committee member from Sadbhawana Party, wrote on Facebook that the protesters seized leader Mahato from the police custody and took him to the Golden Hospital in Biratnagar.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.