The breakaway faction of ruling Maoists in Nepal has enforced a ban on Indian vehicles and Hindi films and music in 10 districts of the country from Wednesday.
The ban by Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which split from the ruling Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in June, has come into effect in districts falling under the party's Tamsaling state committee.
The districts are Chitwan, Dhading, Kavre, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhuli Makwanpur, Sindhupalchowk, Ramechap and Dolakha. The ban will be in place for two months till November 25.
A news report by Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Nepal's state-owned news agency, quoting a CPN (M) leader Narayan Sharma Bipin confirmed imposition of the ban.
He said the ban on Indian vehicles was imposed as they were found transporting agriculture produce from India to Nepal, which in turn affected domestic farmers and market.
Indian vehicles are allowed to ply on Nepal's roads on payment of nominal daily charges at the border check points for which a temporary number plate is issued.
Bipin defended the ban on screening of Hindi movies and broadcasting of Hindi songs as a step aimed at promoting Nepali music.
"Following the ban order, the different broadcast media based in Chitwan have stopped playing Hindi songs from today," said the RSS report.
The ban on Indian vehicles, Hindi films and songs are part of the 70-point list of demands submitted by the CPN (M) to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai earlier this month.
The Indian embassy in Kathmandu has preferred not to react to the ban, for the moment.