India Prohibits Gathering at Nepal Border Area

Feb 2– In face of the rising tensions in the central and eastern terai regions, the district magistrate of Bihar, India today put into effect Article 144 of the Indian Constitution that prohibits more than five to seven people from gathering at one place in areas adjoining the Nepal border. The new order, which came into effect at various checkpoints along the Nepal-India border since yesterday evening, also prohibits anyone from carrying any kind of weapon in the restricted areas.

The clause will continue to remain in effect until the ongoing unrest in Nepal subsides, according to a public notice issued by magistrate Upendra Raya of Ararariya district adjoining Biratnagar. According to Indian government officials, the clause will be effective in the region stretching from Raxaul to Kishangunj in India. The officials have also issued a travel advisory urging Indians not to visit Nepal until the tension subsides there.

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