Nepal Closes Border With India For 72 Hrs

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Kathmandu: Nepal on Tuesday closed its border with India for 72 hours at more than 22 different entry points for the second round of parliamentary and provincial elections slated for December 7.

The first phase of the election in the land-locked Nepal was held on November 26. The decision was made by the government to seal the border after holding meetings of security officials of both the countries.

The second phase of the elections is taking place in 45 districts on Thursday. Following the government’s move to seal the border a large number of people travelling to India from Nepal and vice versa have been stranded in the Kakarbhitta border point.

“Those carrying Nepali citizenship and identity cards are only allowed to enter Nepal,” police officer Tanka Bhattarai, of Kakadbhitta of eastern Nepal, said. “The border is open for those traveling to India,” Bhattarai added.

Residents of Bhadrapur, Nepal’s eastern border with Bihar state, are facing difficulties due to the decision to seal the border, the officer said. Similarly, entry points along the Nepal-India border in Kailali district have been sealed for 72 hours in view of the elections. The Indo-Nepal border will open on Thursday evening.

Violent clashes not only left more than 50 people dead, but also left the country with severe shortages of fuel and medicine because protesters blocked the borders with India.