Photographer's Note

The unrest in eastern and central Terai is worsening by the day as two more protesters died in Malangwa, Sarlahi, some 400 km southeast of the capital city. Police opened fire when hundreds of protesters defied curfew orders and marched towards the District Administration Office. Police said 20 demonstrators were injured in the firing, four of them seriously.

Situation is calm in Kathmandu, although public meetings from various political organizations start to be held in the city asking for Home Minister resignation over the killing. Here in Durbar Square, a meeting held by the Maoist Party.

Transportation to and from eastern and southern districts has been badly affected due to shortage of petroleum products and blockages put by the protesting groups. Supply of petroleum products from India has been obstructed due to the Terai unrest, resulting in fuel crisis across the nation. In order to battle the deepening crisis in the Kathmandu valley, the government has decided to fix a quota system on the distribution of petrol. It has been decided to slap the quota on petrol supply as two litres for motorcycles and five litres for cars, at one time from a pump.

At this moment thousands and thousands of cars and motorcycles are queuing at the few gas stations around Kathmandu that have not already gone dry.

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