Madhesi agitators clash with Indians at Indo-Nepal border

 Madhesi agitators on Thursday clashed with Indian nationals at the Indo-Nepal border near Raxaul in Bihar over the blockade of key trade points that has obstructed passage of cargo vehicles, triggering severe shortage of essentials in Nepal.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 03, 2015, 22:15 PM IST

Kathmandu: Madhesi agitators on Thursday clashed with Indian nationals at the Indo-Nepal border near Raxaul in Bihar over the blockade of key trade points that has obstructed passage of cargo vehicles, triggering severe shortage of essentials in Nepal.

The clash broke out when the agitating cadres of Joint Democratic Madhesi Front were holding a sit-in protest at Miteri bridge in Birgunj-Raxaul border point against the new Constitution.

The fresh clash took place a day after Madhesi Front cadres came under attack from Raxaul residents who have been demanding that Indian number-plated trucks stuck at the Birgunj border point be allowed to enter India.

At least five people were injured in the fighting last night, media reports said.

However, Raxaul's deputy superintendent of police Rakesh Kumar said that no clash took place at the border and nobody has filed a police case.

Since the promulgation of the Constitution in Nepal in September, Indian-origin Madhesi population has been staging sit-in on the border stopping flow of goods as they believe the country's new Constitution discriminates against them, denying them equal standing with other Nepalis.

The agitation has obstructed supply of essential commodities including petrol thereby creating a crisis in Nepal, which accused India of imposing a "economic blockade".

India maintains that it has imposed no such blockade, and the restrictions are a result of security concerns as Madhesis are protesting the new Constitution in the Terai region of Nepal bordering India.