Mechinagar: Indian police has obstructed the export of Nepali agricultural products. Indian police have obstructed a truck loaded with Nepali products from entering the Panitanki customs.
Indian police have blocked the entry of 25 trucks from the Mechi Customs Office, Kakadvitta, into the Panitanki customs on Thursday. The trucks have been stranded at the Mechi Bridge on the Nepal-India border after the Indian police obstructed them.
Following the directive of the West Bengal government, the Indian police has been continuously obstructing the export of Nepali agricultural commodities. According to Dhruv Kumar Vishwakarma, head of the Mechi Customs Office, the lock down has been operating unilaterally for the past three months.
“After the lockdown, the West Bengal government has been adopting a strategy of sending goods to Nepal but not allowing vehicles to enter India through the Kakadvitta checkpoint,” said Vishwakarma, head of customs.
Trucks loaded with amliso, tea and cardamom were trying to enter the Panitanki customs on Thursday after coordination with the Nepali security forces. However, before reaching the Panitanki customs, the Indian police stopped 10 vehicles of cardamom, 14 vehicles of tea and one vehicle of amliso at Mechi Bridge.
General Secretary of the Federation of Nepal Cardamom Entrepreneurs Subash Bhattarai said that the government should be serious about the failure to open the export of agricultural commodities from Kakadvitta despite many efforts.