Nepal: Protests over new constitution continue, essential supplies from India halted

Officials say nearly 400 Nepalese protesters clashed with police in Birganj, a town on the border with India, on Thursday.

By: AP | Kathmandu | Updated: September 25, 2015 9:19 am
Nepal, nepal protest, Nepal constitution, Nepal news, Nepal protests, Nepal constitution protest, Nepal new constitution, Nepal latest news, world news, international news, india nepal, nepal india news Nepalese protesters try to clash with policemen after burning a copy of the new constitution during the protest organized by splinter of the Maoist party, alliance of ethnic group and Madhesi party, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Sept. 21,2015. Nepal on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, formally adopted a much anticipated and long-delayed constitution that took more than seven years to complete following a decade of political infighting. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepal’s top political parties are reaching out to protesters angry about the country’s new constitution, after violence in the region bordering India has halted more than 1,000 oil tankers and trucks with essential supplies from entering Nepal.

Officials say nearly 400 Nepalese protesters clashed with police in Birganj, a town on the border with India, on Thursday. They belong to ethnic and religious groups dissatisfied with Nepal’s new constitution adopted on Sunday.

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Sri Prakash, an Indian official, says 1,500 oil tankers from India used to enter southern Nepal every day from the Jogbani, but there has been no movement for the past three days, raising fear of shortages in the Himalayan nation.

The violence in recent weeks has killed at least 45 people in Nepal.

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