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Nepal PM Oli wants end to ‘undeclared blockade’

Madhesi agitators clash with Indians near border.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu |
December 4, 2015 1:17:09 am
Nepal’s prime Minister K P Oli Nepal’s prime Minister K P Oli

On a day when Madhesi agitators clashed with Indian nationals at the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar, Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli Thursday said that the “undeclared blockade” that Nepal is facing must end immediately and “unconditionally”.

Speaking at the UN office here to mark 60th anniversary of Nepal’s membership to the UN, Oli said: “At present, the entire population of the country faces critical challenges of a humanitarian nature due to the undeclared blockade at our southern border points. This difficult situation must come to an end immediately and unconditionally.”

He said the country was grateful to the UN Secretary General for his concern over “an alarming obstruction of essential supplies and the continued impact on humanitarian operations” in the country as well as for his call “for immediate lifting of all restrictions while underlining Nepal’s right of free transit.”

Meanwhile, the clash between Madhesi agitators and Indian nationals broke out near near Raxaul in Bihar when the agitating cadres of Joint Democratic Madhesi Front were holding a sit-in protest at Miteri bridge in Birgunj-Raxaul border point against the new Constitution.

The fresh clash took place a day after Madhesi Front cadres came under attack from Raxaul residents who have been demanding that Indian number-plated trucks stuck at the Birgunj border point be allowed to enter India. At least five people were injured in the fighting, media reports said.

However, Raxaul’s deputy superintendent of police Rakesh Kumar said that no clash took place at the border and nobody has filed a police case. WITH PTI INPUTS

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