42 tankers carrying fuel from India enter Nepal via Jogbani, Kakadbhitta

Jhapa, October 10

As many as 42 tankers carrying petroleum products entered Nepal via different border points from Friday night to Saturday night.

As many as 21 tankers carrying petroleum products entered Nepal via Kakadbhitta border point on Friday night. Of them, 15 carried diesel, four petrol and two aviation fuel. Besides, as many as 132 trucks and containers carrying various goods other than petroleum products entered the country, said communication officer Dipendra Jha at Mechi Customs Office.

Nepal Oil Corporation said that as many as 20 tankers carrying petroleum products had been sent to Kathmandu on Saturday. NOC Mechi Chief Kamalesh Aryal said that as per the directives of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Supplies, 15 diesel tankers and five petrol tankers were sent to the capital.

We sent the petroleum products to the capital keeping in view the pressure of people going out of Kathmandu for Dashain festival,” Aryal added.

Likewise, according to Rani Customs Office, Biratnagar, 80 trucks including 14 tankers carrying petroleum products entered the country via the customs point till 12 noon today. Of them, 12 carried diesel and two petrol.

A clash broke out between security personnel and United Democratic Madheshi Front at 12:00 noon halting entry of trucks and containers carrying goods from India to Nepal. The situation had turned worse after the police chased away the cadres of UDMF who planning to stage a sit-in at the border checkpoint.

UDMF cadres pelted stones at police personnel from across the border. After the Indian police personnel chased away the agitators, the mob was dispersed.

Similarly, seven tankers carrying diesel entered Nepal via Kailali’s Gaurifanta border point on Saturday. However, no tankers have been sent to Methura Depot India after it asked not to send any other tanker to ferry petroleum products.

Meanwhile, not a single tanker and truck entered the country via Birgunj’s Raxaul and Bhairahawa’s Sunauli border points today.