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Indian trucks carrying essential supplies enter Nepal

Update : 01 Oct 2015, 03:54 AM

Trucks from India carrying essential goods and petroleum products have started entering Nepal on Wednesday.

The South Asian country is grappling with a fuel crisis due to the blockade of a key trade checkpoint with India by protesters opposing Nepal’s new constitution.

Several cargo trucks entered the Nepali side from Sunauli border in Bhairahawa, The Indian Express reports.

According to the report, Nepal government enforced the odd-even system for all kinds of vehicles plying in major cities from Wednesday in a bid to reduce the impact of the fuel crisis.

Also Read: Nepal blocks Indian TV channels over 'blockade'

It has also been rationing petroleum products in Kathmandu to tackle the problem.

The blockade in the Nepal-India border point has made life harder for the people of Nepal for the past four to five days. Some people in Nepal blame India for the shortage by imposing an embargo.

However, India denies imposing blockade, saying truck drivers are concerned for their safety after protests in the country.

More than 300 trucks carrying essential supplies had been stranded on the Indian side due to the ongoing blockade imposed the Madhesi groups opposing the newly adopted constitution.

Madhesis are Indian-origin inhabitants of the Terai region bordering India who are opposed to splitting Nepal into seven provinces.

At least 40 people have died in over a month of clashes between police and protesters from the Madhesi and Tharu communities and ethnic minorities.

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