Madhesi Protests: Protesters 'Lathicharged' For Blocking Bridge At India-Nepal Border

02/11/2015 9:52 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Supporters of Madhesi parties burn a replica of the Supreme Court order declaring the Daura Suruwal and Topi for men and Sari and Blouse for women as national dress during a protest in Katmandu, Nepal, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Madhesi parties have begun showing their resentment against the decision with senior leaders of three Madhesi parties passing joint orders to their cadres to burn the national costume in public, according to news reports. The protestors say that the national dress does not represent the true identity of the multicultural and multi-ethnic country. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

RAXAUL -- Madhesi protesters have claimed they were lathicharged by the Nepal police on Monday for blocking a bridge at the Indo-Nepal Border near Bihar's Raxaul town.

The protestors had reportedly blocked the Maitri bridge when the cops allegedly used batons on them to disperse the agitators.

For over two months now, the Madhesi protesters have been opposing Nepal's new Constitution.

The protesting parties have demanded, among other things, withdrawal of armed police force from Terai districts and withdrawal of cases against their leader and cadres and martyrdom status of those killed during protests.

According the Human Rights Watch, at least 45 people were killed during the protests in August and September.

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