Nepalese police have shot dead five people protesting the new draft constitution in the south of the country.
All five killed were from the ethnic Madhesi group.
“Police shot and killed four demonstrators in the town of Birgunj in Parsa district, 60 km (40 miles) south of Kathmandu, when a police post was attacked with stones and petrol bombs” said police official Kamal Sing Bam.
Another protester was killed in the town of Kalaiya, east of Birgunj.
The government and other major political parties, have been working for the last seven years towards a new constitution, to provide political stability and economic development for the Himalayan nation. Under the constitutional proposals, Himalayan districts will be divided into several small provinces.
People from the Madhes ethnic group, demand that they be given a separate state. They have stated that the narrow strip of territory, which they recognize as their homeland, should not be divided into more than two states. Ethnic groups, some of them Madhesi, some of them Hindu, are worried about their constitutional rights under the new constitution.
There was another clash in southwest Nepal last week, which resulted in the death of 7 police officers.