'Economic Blockade' Cripples Life at Indo-Nepal Border

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At no man's land at the Jogbani border in Bihar, the Nepal police say they have strict instructions not to let the India media enter into their side.


Jogbani, Bihar:  Hundreds of trucks have been stranded at the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar, due to protests over the Himalayan country's new Constitution, the line of trucks extending upto nearly 10 kilometres long on the highway.  

Chitraranjan Prasad and Arvind, who brought their trucks all the way from Kolkata, have been living out of the tiny space below their trucks for the past five days now.  "I have no idea at all when we will be able to move, no one has said anything to us," says a frustrated Mr Prasad.

At no man's land at the Jogbani border, the Nepal police say they have strict instructions not to let the India media enter into their side. One of the epicentres of the agitation, Biratnagar, is just 10 kms away from the Indian side.

The Indian origin people or Madhesis have alleged that the new Constitution adopted by Nepal last Sunday, denies them an equal representation in parliament.

Leading the agitation is Nepal's Sadbhavna Party that has enforced the economic blockade this week to cripple supplies to Kathmandu. A member of the party, Dilip Kumar told NDTV, "The more the Nepal government delays a solution, the more it will harm Nepal ",   

For shopkeepers like Mohammad Farooq and Mohammad Ajmal, at the Jogbani market, business has been hit like never before. The lifeline of this hub for clothes and groceries market, are customers from the Nepal side, but with the blockade, their numbers have reduced significantly.

"The business at the market is almost 75 percent down. In normal times, I wouldn't have had the time to talk to you at this hour," says Mr Farooq about the market that does a business of nearly Rs five crore daily.


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