Tension along the India-Nepal border

Clashes intensified at the India-Nepal border after a 19-year-old Indian boy was killed when Nepal police opened fire on people demonstrating against the new constitution.

Ashish Ram of Raxaul in Bihar was killed as police opened fire on protesters at Shankaracharya Gate near Birgunj Customs, according to Home Ministry sources. Ram was shot in the head and was declared dead at the hospital.


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Earlier in the day, Nepalese police had baton-charged Madhesi protesters, burned down their tents and evicted them from the Miteri bridge at the Indo-Nepal border, opening the main Birgunj-Raxaul border trading point for the first time in 40 days.

The ongoing Madhesi agitation has led to a halt in supply of essential goods, causing acute shortage of fuel in Nepal.

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