Nepal Protesters Attack Ambulance, Kill Policeman

Anti-government protesters have attacked an ambulance, killing an injured policeman, following unrest over a proposed new constitution, in Nepal.

An injured policeman has been killed, after anti-government protesters stopped and attacked the ambulance in which he was travelling, in Nepal. Protesters allegedly dragged the injured man from the vehicle, before killing him.

Protesters reportedly torched the ambulance, after the attack took place.

“The Red Cross calls on all parties to exercise restraint and urge them to allow ambulance services to carry out their tasks,” the Nepal Red Cross Society, the International Committee of the Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a statement.

All parties should ensure injured people got health care without discrimination, they said.

The attack, which received condemnation from the Red Cross, occurred as protests and violence continues to erupt in Nepal’s southern plains, following anger towards a proposed new constitution.

The constitution drafted, which aims to set up a new federal system within Nepal, was rejected by members of a minority group, vehemently opposed to the plans to divide their region.

Many in the region bordering India have been angered by the plans, and violent clashes with police have broken out across the region, opposed to plans within the draft constitution which would split their narrow homeland and merge pieces into larger provinces with other ethnic groups.

The agitation has led to schools, government offices and hospitals being closed in the region for the last three weeks.At least 40 people have been killed, the majority of them protesters in police firing.

In Kathmandu, the government said a final draft of the constitution may be finished in a week – the first in Nepal’s history to be written by elected representatives. The drafting was halted for two days last week, in an attempt to bring all political parties on board. But agitating groups refused to sit for talks, saying the government had not met their preconditions.



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