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Hindu groups block roads in southern Nepal

sHindu groups opposed to the government's decision to declare Nepal a secular state.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 18:03 IST

Hindu groups opposed to the government's decision to declare Nepal a secular state on Thursday blocked roads and burnt copies of a state-run newspaper during a strike called by them in the southern industrial town of Birgunj.

Transport services were disrupted in Birgunj, which lies on Nepal's border with India, after the Hindu groups blocked roads to protest against the government's decision, witnesses said.

They also burnt copies of The Kathmandu Post because it carried an article that supported Nepal's renaming as a secular state instead of a Hindu Kingdom, the paper reported.

It said they stopped a vehicle carrying 1,700 copies of the newspaper and burnt all of them.

In a separate development, all medical services, except emergency, were closed across Nepal on Thursday in protest against attack on health institutions over the death of a patient in a Kathmandu nursing home due to shortage of oxygen cylinders.

Angry over the patient's death earlier this week, a mob vandalised the private hospital where the person died.

The hospital management later announced a Rs 2.5 lakh compensation to the son of the deceased.

Nepal Medical Association (NMA) had called for closing down all medical services except emergency across the country demanding investigation and action against culprits involved in attacks on Lumbini Zonal Hospital in western Nepal and Everest Nursing Home in Kathmandu.

It also appealed to the civil society to help the government to take action against the culprits.