Kathmandu :  One person was killed on Tuesday as thousands of Nepalese protesting against the proposed new Constitution clashed with police, taking the death toll in theviolence to at least nine and prompting the government to deploy army in a district bordering India.

Curfew was imposed in Tikapur in Kailali district,where an infant and seven security personnel, including a Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), were killed on Monday by agitators protesting against dividing the country in seven provinces. On Monday the police had said eight security personnel were killed in the violence but later revised the toll to 7.

Police opened fire at protesters in Gaur in southernNepal on Tuesday after they hurled stones defying ban on demonstrations, killing a person. The local administration decided to deploy army in parts of Kailali district, worst hit by violence, after a meeting of District Security Committee declared the area as riot zone.Besides Tikapur Municipality and Trishakti Municipality, eight villages of the district including Pathariya,Durgauli,Dansinhapur,Manowa,Joshipur, Khailad, Bahauniya have been declared as riot zones. Earlier on Tuesday morning, the protesters set ablaze some houses in the area. In Kathmandu, hundreds of students staged peace rally on Tuesday to protest against the killing of policemen in Kailali.

Two of the policemen were burnt to death by the mob, which sparked widespread criticism in Nepal. Agitators rejected the seven province model of federal system announced by major political parties in June after April’s devastating earthquake.

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