Nepal police open fire on ethnic protesters, killing three

Local authority Devi Bahadur Bhandar says police acted after ethnic Madhesi protesters attacked political rally in southern Nepal killing three, wounding eight

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Ethnic Madhesis have been protesting for months.

Local police forces in Nepal opened fire on ethnic Madhesi protesters who were demonstrating against fuel shortages in the Himalayan nation. At least three were killed and eight wounded.

According to the claim of government administrator Devi Bahadur Bhandari, ethnic Madhesi protesters tried to attack a political rally organised by the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) in Rangeli, a small town near the border with India.

Police used batons, tear gas and blank shots in order to stop the ethnic protesters.

Police killed one in Rangeli, and also killed two protesters in nearby Dainiya. Further details on the circumstances there were not available.

Ethnic Madhesis have been protesting for months against Nepal's new constitution.

They say the new constitution unfairly divides the Himalayan country into seven states with borders that cut through their ancestral homeland. They want the states to be larger and to be given more autonomy over local matters.

At least 50 people have been killed in the protests since August.

Talks between the protesting groups and the government have made little progress, but both sides say they will continue talking.

AP, TRTWorld and agencies