Nepal: Protesters block major trading checkpoint on Indian border
Sept.25, Kathmandu: Hundreds of protesters have blocked a major trading checkpoint between India and Nepal, cutting off vital supplies to Nepal as anger deepened over its new constitution.
The protesters, who belong to the Madhesi community, are angry about plans to divide the country into seven federal provinces under a charter adopted on Sunday. They said that the new internal borders left them under-represented in the national parliament.
More than 40 people have died in weeks of clashes between police and protesters from the Madhesi and Tharu communities, ethnic minorities.
The blocked checkpoint in Birgunj town, 90km south of the capital, serves as the key hub for oil and food imports into Nepal.
Fears of a fuel shortage has seen dozens of commuters line up at gas stations in Kathmandu while the ongoing protests have sparked concern in India, which has traditionally exerted significant political influence in Nepal.
The Oslo Times