Indo-Nepal border incident: India asks Nepal to share details of Nepali citizen’s death

By: | Published: March 10, 2017 2:20 PM

A day after SSB allegedly opened fire in the Indo-Nepal border, killing a Nepalese citizen, the MEA has today said that an enquiry has been initiated on the issue.

The ministry says that officials of Kanchanpur of Nepal and Lakhimpur Khiri of India met in backdrop of the current situation. (PTI)

A day after Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) allegedly opened fire in the Indo-Nepal border, killing a Nepalese citizen, the Ministry of Extenal Affairs (MEA) has today said that an enquiry has been initiated on the issue. It also asked the Nepalese Government to share post-mortem & forensic reports to facilitate the process.

The ministry also said that officials of Kanchanpur of Nepal and Lakhimpur Khiri of India met in backdrop of the current situation and agreed to maintain peace and order. The incident occurred in Ananda Bazar area along the Nepal-India border.

Govinda Gautam, a 20-year old from Kanchanpur district, died after he was injured after an SSB Inspector from Sampurnanagar station is alleged to have opened fire, said locals. However, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu denied any firing by any SSB personnel.

“In response to queries by the local media regarding disturbances near the border at Aananda Bazaar, Kanchanpur, it is categorically denied that there was any incident of firing by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB),” the embassy had said in a statement.

“There is a need to maintain calm and let the survey officials of both sides discuss the location of border pillars before any construction work is undertaken,” it stated. The statement also said that the district officials have been asked to to cooperate to reduce the situation.

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A dispute had begun after the Nepal-India pillar number 200 went missing in the border, after which both sides claimed over the land. The situation went hyper after an SSB personnel, allegedly fired in the air.

(With inputs from IANS)

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