Nepal: 36 rights activists arrested from outside Indian Embassy

Senior human rights activist Krishna Pahadi was among the 36 rights activists arrested by the police.

By: PTI | Kathmandu | Updated: January 1, 2016 8:00 pm
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Thirty-six rights activists were arrested on Friday in Nepal for staging a protest in front of the Indian Embassy over a blockade of border points they said was imposed by India, resulting in an acute shortage of essential goods in the land-locked country.

The sit-in, third in a month, was organised by Human Rights and Peace Society and other rights groups against India’s unofficial blockade and government’s apathy towards addressing the humanitarian crisis created by the blockade.

Senior human rights activist Krishna Pahadi was among the 36 rights activists arrested by the police from Lazimpat, Kathmandu in front of the Indian Embassy gate as they were staging sit-in carrying placard which read “End blocakde, respect Nepal’s sovereignty”.

Nepal is facing acute shortage of cooking gas, petroleum products, medicines and other essentials due to the four-month -long blockaded imposed on the southern border of the country, spearheaded by the Indian-origin Madhesi people, who are opposing the seven province model of federalism which was introduced in the country through the promulgation of the new Constitution in September last year.

Madhesis are also protesting division of their ancestral homeland under the seven-province structure and have led an ongoing blockade of key border trade points with India.

At least 50 people have been killed in the protests since August.

The government has last month announced to amend the new Constitution to address two key demands of agitating Madhesis regarding proportional representation and constituency delimitation and tabled an amendment proposal in the parliament.

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    Keshab Prasad
    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:36 am
    Former Dalits , Tharus, Muslims etc were clified as backward caste by Madhesis (Jha, yadav, Shukla, Mahato, tripathi etc) itself. However the fact is Puzzling as the leaders of these higher castes who suppressed them (doing much better that any other ethnic groups in the country) are complaining of inequality today.
    1. A
      Jan 2, 2016 at 7:13 am
      It is very unfortunate that things have come to this level. When Nepal had earthquake India helped them. What has happened now, behind the scenes ! I feel India should be benevalent towards Nepal. Nepalese and indians should remember that we hzve much in common in give and take with love.
      1. R
        Jan 3, 2016 at 3:01 am
        Maybe what is the reason what is the politics ,the earthquake suffered hilly children are dying by the blockade.Everybody say we are descriminated,but the voice of earthquake suffered and where is their right to live against cold???
        1. Syed Muniruddin
          Jan 2, 2016 at 5:38 pm
          Gurkhas are basically Nepalese and they are liberally emplo in Indian cities for security duties. With strained relations they will become threat to us. India although a very big and powerful country, should not dictate its terms for supplying essential commodities. As it is they have already announced to amend their consution.
          1. P
            Jan 1, 2016 at 4:41 pm
            Well... you always have China, don't you? Why not move to Shanghai? Hey... hundreds of schools are teaching Mandarin now, don't they? Good - why bother 'protesting'. Don't bother with such dramas...
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