Nepalese police in riot gear walk past shuttered shops during a strike called by the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) demanding secularism in the new constitution, in Kathmandu on August 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Prakash MATHEMA
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Hundreds of security forces patrolled a west Nepal area Tuesday where ethnic protesters, demanding statehood, attacked police with spears and knives a day earlier leaving at least six officers and three protesters dead and many others injured.A curfew was imposed and policemen and soldiers were rushed to Tikapur, 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Kathmandu, where the clashes happened Monday.The protesters from the Tharu ethnic group are demanding a separate state in the new constitution, which is being finalized in the Constituent Assembly.A Constituent Assembly elected in 2008 failed to draft a new charter in four years because of major disagreements among political parties, and a second assembly was elected in 2013 .
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