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Indian national's killing in Nepal shocks Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed \"shock\" over the unfortunate killing of an Indian due to police firing in Nepal on Monday and requested for details from his Nepalese counterpart K P Oli even as India summoned that country\'s envoy over the incident.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed "shock" over the unfortunate killing of an Indian due to police firing in Nepal on Monday and requested for details from his Nepalese counterpart K P Oli even as India summoned that country's envoy over the incident.


"The Prime Minister has expressed shock and condemned the unfortunate killing of a youngster from Bihar due to police firing in Nepal," the Prime Minister's Office said here.

During the telephonic conversation, Modi expressed concern over the incident and requested for details, it said.

19-year-old Ashish Ram of Raxaul in Bihar was killed after he received a bullet shot in his head when police opened fire on protesters at Shankaracharya Gate near Birgunj Customs, Nepal Home Ministry sources said in Kathmandu.

However, Modi assured the Nepalese leader that there was no obstacle from the Indian side on supply of fuel and other essentials.

"At the same time, the Prime Minister urged Nepalese leaders to work towards ensuring an early and effective solution to the crisis," the PMO added.

India also summoned Nepal Ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay and told him that it is "deeply concerned" over firing incidents in Birgunj.

He was also told that issues facing Nepal are political in nature and cannot be resolved by force and that the causes underlying the present state of confrontation need to be addressed by the government of Nepal credibly and effectively.



Earlier, the External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson said India has asked its freight transporters to exercise caution and not put themselves in danger. The advisory may deepen the supply crisis to the Himalayan nation.

He said Indian freight forwarders and transporters have voiced their worries again today about the deteriorating situation across the border.

"We are advising them to exercise caution and not put themselves in danger. We are monitoring the situation carefully," he added.

Since the promulgation of the Constitution in Nepal in September, the Indian-origin Madhesi population has been agitating as they believe the country's new Constitution discriminates against them, denying them equal standing with other Nepalis.

The agitation obstructed supply of essential commodities including petrol thereby creating a crisis in Nepal, which accused India of imposing an "economic blockade", a charge denied by India.

India maintained that the supply was obstructed due to protests on the Nepalese side and asked the Nepal government to have political resolution of issues facing that country which should have broad-based ownership and acceptance of the Constitution by all section of the society including those disaffected agitating forces.

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