India stops 23 fuel tankers, no blockade

India stops 23 fuel tankers, no blockade

In an apparent displeasure over promulgation of the new constitution in Nepal, India has stopped supply of petroleum products.

Some 23 tankers laden with petroleum products have been stopped at Raxual border entry point citing security reasons.

“Customs officials stopped tankers referring to order from higher authority,” a source at Amlekhgunj-based depot of Nepali Oli Corporation (NOC) told Myrepublica, “Officials refused to release tankers despite completing all formalities.”

“They have asked us to talk with higher authority and we are in consultation.”

First Secretary Abhay Kumar at Indian Embassy in Kathmandu didn’t respond to phone call by Myrepublica over halt in import.

In a statement on Tuesday, Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said that Indian freight companies and transporters have voiced complaints about the difficulties they are facing in movement within Nepal and their security concerns due to prevailing unrest.

Sources at NOC said official have reached custom office for releasing tankers.

No blockade

Our Birgunj-based correspondent Ritesh Tripati said the situation in Raxual is not like that is being reported. The release of imported goods is as usual on Tuesday too. However, custom office has tightened checking of required documents.

Source: MyRepublica