Border entry point at Bhairahawa reopens, 40 vehicles enter Nepal from India

KATHMANDU: The Nepal-India border entry point at Bhairahawa reopened on Monday after two days of obstruction.

As many as 40 vehicles, including three LPG bullets and one petrol tanker, entered Nepal from India via the customs point at Belhiya, Bhairahawa till 3 pm today, Lavanya Dhakal, the chief customs official, told THT Online over telephone.

Other vehicles ferried perishables including fruits and vegetables, according to Dhakal.

The state news agency Rastriya Samachar Samiti reported that the cargo vehicles stranded in India started entering Nepal as the supporters and cadres of agitating Madhesi parties left the no man's land along the Nepal-India border after hundreds of locals protested their obstruction today.

Citing security concerns on the Nepali side, the Indian customs and security personnel had stopped the vehicles on the other side of the border for two days.

Quoting a local police official, RSS reported that other fuel tankers are also seen preparing to enter Nepal.

RSS had reported yesterday that over 5000 cargo vehicles and tankers were stranded in India, lining up for 35 kilometre from Sunauli, due to the obstruction.

Around 400 vehicles used to enter Nepal via Bhairahawa customs point, which is the second major, every day in normal circumstances.