Fresh Violence on Indo-Nepal Border as Madhesis Continue Blockade

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Two more people died in the violence on Saturday in southern Nepal, pushing the number of deaths in the agitation to over 50.


Kathmandu:  Fresh violence is being reported from the Nepalese side of border with India where the Madhesi community continues a blockade, severely affecting the trade ties between the two countries.

The Madhesis, who share ethnic and familial ties with India, have been protesting against Nepal's new constitution which they say does not give the community a fair representation.

The adoption of the new constitution completes 100 days today. Two more people died in the violence on Saturday in southern Nepal, pushing the number of deaths in the agitation to over 50.

The Nepalese Police on Saturday fired upon a mob in Saptari District after it attacked the policemen with petrol bombs and bricks.

"In the name of dialogue the Nepal government is doing drama, they are not serious about our issues. They talk about dialogue and on other hand peaceful protestors were fired upon. They are doing it to hide our demands and views," said Rajendra Mahato, President of the Sadbhavana Party which is actively involved in the protests in Nepal's Birgunj town.

Meanwhile, on the Indian side of the border, at the crucial crossing at the Raxaul town, 5600 trucks carrying essential supplies, including fuel, have been stuck for over two months, crippling life in Nepal. This in-turn has forced Nepal to turn to China for help, blaming India for cutting off supplies and helping the protestors

The Indian government has said it has nothing to do with the protests. 


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