Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to his Nepal counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli and expressed shock over the killing of a youth from Bihar in police firing in the Himalayan nation. Modi condemned the "unfortunate killing" and requested for details of the incident from Nepal.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Nepal PM K.P. Oli and has expressed shock and condemned the unfortunate killing of a youngster from Bihar due to police firing in Nepal. PM (Modi) has requested for details of the incident from Nepal," said a release from the Prime Minister's Office. It said Modi urged the Nepalese leaders to work towards ensuring an early and effective solution to the crisis.
"On supply of fuel and other essentials, PM (Modi) assured that there is no obstacle from the Indian side. At the same time, PM urged Nepalese leaders to work towards ensuring an early and effective solution to the crisis," the release said. The deceased was identified as Asish Kumar Ram, 24. He belonged to Raxaul in Bihar. He was shot dead during protests in Nepal's Birgunj city close to the Indian border.
Madhes-based political parties in Nepal are unhappy over the new constitution and the concept of federalism and have been demonstrating at the border points, choking the supply of essential supplies from India and causing widespread shortage. Birgunj is a key point from where essential commodities and fuel from India enter Nepal.