The police acted as the agitating Madhesi protesters tried to attack a political rally organised by the ruling Communist Party of Nepal in Rangeli of Morang district yesterday, a premier news agency  quoted Deputy Superintendent of Police Tarini Prasad Lamshal as saying.   

According to Lamshal, the police personnel made attempts to stop the attackers with batons and tear gas before firing live rounds into the crowd.

"However, we were forced to open fire as the protesters turned violent and attacked us," the police said. According to the media, two protesters were killed in Rangeli and another in nearby Dainiya of Morang district. Meanwhile, crucial talks between the Nepali government and the Madhesis could have not yield any positive result yesterday in addressing 11-point demands raised by the Madhesis which include redefining the seven provincial boundaries adopted through the new constitution.

The Madhesis had also continued blocking the major border points with India. The ethnic minority Madhesis had been launching agitation for the past five months claiming that Nepal's new constitution was not broad-based and some of the provisions would politically marginalise them.

According to the police, at least 50 protesters were killed in police firing in the Terai region of Nepal bordering India.

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