Indian customs officials echo Indian embassy’s statements. Kamlesh Kumar, the head of customs on the Indian side told Kathmandu Post’s Yadav that they are unable to send trucks into Nepal because of the protesters.
However, according Ram Sharan Mahat, Nepal’s finance minister says that the Nepali government has guaranteed full security of trucks and tankers entering Nepal. “We haven’t had any reports of a single supply vehicle entering Nepal that was damaged or has been under threat from protesters,” Mahat said.
The Kathmandu Post has reported that empty Nepali tankers that have crossed into the Indian side to refuel without any problems have been denied refueling.
A handful of trucks have been allowed to enter Nepal, but thousands of trucks and tankers simply haven’t been allowed to pass. Nearly 900 trucks come into Nepal everyday through India at the Birgunj-Raxaul border — they carry diesel, petrol, raw materials, food, vegetables, fish, fruits which go as far as Kathmandu and Pokhara. On Sunday, 2 trucks carrying potatoes, 1 truck carrying tomatoes and 3 tankers with diesel fuel entered Nepal at the Nepalgunj border.
Jogbani, Bihar: Hundreds of trucks have been stranded at the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar, due to protests over the Himalayan country’s new Constitution, the line of trucks extending upto nearly 10 kilometres long on the highway.