Activists to form human chain against blockade on Monday

KATHMANDU: In an attempt to protest the economic embargo imposed on Nepal by India for over two months, a group of intellectuals have come up with a unique programme.

They will form a human chain from Singha Durbar to the UN House of Pulchok in the Capital city on Monday from 2 to 3 pm.

The organisers, comprising scores of intellectuals, human rights activists and writers, have urged the commoners to join the cause.

Together they will stand on either side of the roads stretching from the central administrative office of the country - Singha Durbar - to the UN Park, according to human right activist Subodh Pyakurel.

At a programme organised here on Saturday, human right activist Pyakurel said that they urged various agitating Madhes-centric political parties to seek solution to their issue through talks.

Arguing that the border blockade was an inhumane act, he appealed to one and all to mark their presence in the event.

The organisers are likely to submit a memorandum to the UN General-Secretary through UN Office in Nepal, stating the problems facing Nepal and Nepalis following the trade embargo.