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Protesters, smugglers clash at Birgunj border point

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BIRGUNJ — Cadres of agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front clashed with a group of alleged Indian smugglers on Wednesday at the Nepal-India border point in Birgunj.

The situation of Birgunj-Raxual border point is tense after the clash.

The clash occurred when protesters tried to prevent the stop the traders from bringing in goods from Raxual on foot.

At least four Morcha cadres were injured in the incident, police said. The group hurled four petrol bombs from the Indian side on the protesters on the Nepali side, due to which four protesters were injured.

There is a strong presence of Police to prevent further clashes among the protesters and local traders.

According SP Raj Babu Shrestha of Parsa District Police Office, a group of around 200 persons from Raxaul tried to supply various goods across the border and the protesting UDMF cadres tried to block them.

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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