PARSA, Nov 7: More than 300 freight trucks laden with essential medicines bound for Nepal have been stranded at the Raxaul trade point in India.
The trucks carrying medicines and raw materials used in production of medicines have been stuck at the border for two months owing to the unrelenting agitation by the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) cadres at the Miteri Bridge of Birgunj and the Indian government's undeclared trade embargo.
The Indian government has even violated the war-time international law prohibiting obstruction of medical supplies by withholding the freights laden with medicines at Raxaul, importers in Nepal have said.
Vice Chairman of the Association of Pharmaceutical Producers of Nepal, Prakash Khandelwal said more than 300 trucks carrying medicines have been stranded at Raxaul in India. He accused the Indian government of not allowing the trucks ferrying medicines to enter Nepal despite being rerouted to Bhairahawa customs points and sending only potatoes and onions.
The three-month long agitation and the economic embargo have paralyzed normal life across the country while the dearth of medicines has put lives of patients at stake. RSS