Demonstrators demanding that Nepal be officially declared a Hindu nation blocked a major highway on Monday, reports said.

Shri Ram Mandir, a Hindu temple
Shri Ram Mandir, a Hindu temple

Members of a Hindu students’ group clashed with police in south-western district of Kailaki’s Lamki after blocking the Mahendra Highway, Avenues television channel reported.

Nepal is a currently a secular state under the interim constitution. It was a Hindu kingdom until 2006, when the monarchy was overthrown by a popular uprising.

Another group demanding Hindu nation status clashed with police in Kathmandu on Sunday.

The debate over the new constitution has intensified ahead of a January 22 deadline to promulgate it.

Several previous deadlines have been missed amid persistent disagreements, many of which have their roots in the civil war that ended in 2006.

GNA

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