Madhesis call off protest, end India-Nepal border blockade


Nepal’s agitating Madhesis on Monday called off their nearly five-month long blockade at the India-Nepal border, bringing relief to the country suffering severe shortages of fuel, medicine and other supplies due to the protests against a new constitution.

“Considering the current crisis facing the nation and the public necessity and aspirations, the ongoing protest programmes of general strike, border blockade, government office shutdown have been called off for now,” said a statement issued after the meeting of United Democratic Madhesi Front leaders.

“The agitation will continue till our demands are addressed,” the statement added.

The announcement to end the border blockade comes ahead of Prime Minister KP Oli’s trip to India on February 19, the first overseas visit of the new Nepalese premier.

-More at TOI

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