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Protests in Nepal block essential supplies from India, raising fears of shortages

  • Nepalese policemen run for cover as they are chased by protestors belonging to ethnic and religious groups dissatisfied with Nepal's new constitution adopted on Sunday, in Birgunj, a town bordering India in Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Nepal’s top political parties on Thursday reached out to protesters angry about the country’s new constitution, after violence in the region bordering India halted more than 1,000 oil tankers and trucks with essential supplies from entering Nepal. (AP Photo/ Jiyalal Sah)

    Nepalese policemen run for cover as they are chased by protestors belonging to ethnic and religious groups dissatisfied with Nepal's new constitution adopted on Sunday, in Birgunj, a town bordering India in Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Nepal’s top political parties on Thursday reached out to protesters angry about the country’s new constitution, after violence in the region bordering India halted more than 1,000 oil tankers and trucks with essential supplies from entering Nepal. (AP Photo/ Jiyalal Sah)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nepalese policemen face protestors belonging to ethnic and religious groups dissatisfied with Nepal's new constitution adopted on Sunday, in Birgunj, a town bordering India in Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Nepal’s top political parties on Thursday reached out to protesters angry about the country’s new constitution, after violence in the region bordering India halted more than 1,000 oil tankers and trucks with essential supplies from entering Nepal. (AP Photo/ Jiyalal Sah)

    Nepalese policemen face protestors belonging to ethnic and religious groups dissatisfied with Nepal's new constitution adopted on Sunday, in Birgunj, a town bordering India in Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Nepal’s top political parties on Thursday reached out to protesters angry about the country’s new constitution, after violence in the region bordering India halted more than 1,000 oil tankers and trucks with essential supplies from entering Nepal. (AP Photo/ Jiyalal Sah)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nepalese oil tankers and commercial trucks stand stranded near a gate that marks the Nepalese border with India, in Birgunj, Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Nepal’s top political parties on Thursday reached out to protesters angry about the country’s new constitution, after violence in the region bordering India halted more than 1,000 oil tankers and trucks with essential supplies from entering Nepal. The disruption of traffic has raised fear of shortages in the Himalayan nation. (AP Photo/Ram Sarraf)

    Nepalese oil tankers and commercial trucks stand stranded near a gate that marks the Nepalese border with India, in Birgunj, Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Nepal’s top political parties on Thursday reached out to protesters angry about the country’s new constitution, after violence in the region bordering India halted more than 1,000 oil tankers and trucks with essential supplies from entering Nepal. The disruption of traffic has raised fear of shortages in the Himalayan nation. (AP Photo/Ram Sarraf)  (The Associated Press)

Nepal's top political parties are reaching out to protesters angry about the country's new constitution, after violence in the region bordering India has halted more than 1,000 oil tankers and trucks with essential supplies from entering Nepal.

Officials say nearly 400 Nepalese protesters clashed with police in Birganj, a town on the border with India, on Thursday. They belong to ethnic and religious groups dissatisfied with Nepal's new constitution adopted on Sunday.

Sri Prakash, an Indian official, says 1,500 oil tankers from India used to enter southern Nepal every day from the Jogbani, but there has been no movement for the past three days, raising fear of shortages in the Himalayan nation.

The violence in recent weeks has killed at least 45 people in Nepal.