Months after Madhesi’s and Tharu’s agitation in Nepal, borders were finally opened for India with trucks freely allowed to enter four months after the blockade began.
Dainik Bhaskar India-Nepal Border
The local residents and traders in southern border of Nepal dismantled tents and roadblocks that were set up by the protesters at a key border crossing and allowed the trucks pass through.
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The agitation that began on September 20 was led by the minority Madhesi groups against Nepal’s government.
Since the blockade was set up, there has been a acute fuel shortage that has spurred smuggling along the porous border in the southern part of Nepal.
AP Photo/Ram Sarraf
“Trucks are moving smoothly,” according to a Nepali police official, but he is also afraid that it might not continue to stay that way for long.
The people in Birgunj and Raxaul, in Bihar, have cleared the tents that were pitched on the bridge by protesters allowing the entry of around 20 container trucks.
Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Oli appeared increasingly isolated and thus faced severe criticism from India over the tough line taken by the authorities against the protestors.
Nepal’s finance minister Bishnu Poudel too is due to visit India this weekend and this might smooth the path for Nepal PM Oli’s visit.
NDTV Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli
The Indian Government has refuted allegations that it “interfered” with the internal matter of Kathmandu.