Nepal cannot resolve its crisis by force: India

RSTV Bureau
BIRGUNJ:  Smoke from tires bellows set on fire by the ethnic Madhesis at Birgunj, a town on the border with India, Nepal, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.  Photo - PTI

BIRGUNJ: Smoke from tires bellows set on fire by the ethnic Madhesis at Birgunj, a town on the border with India, Nepal, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.
Photo – PTI

After 19-year-old Indian national was killed in Nepal police firing near Indo-Nepal border, India conveyed to the Nepalese envoy in New Delhi that crisis faced by the country is political in nature and cannot be resolved by force. At the same time, the government of India strongly condemned the allegations made by Nepal leader that India is “sending soldiers in plain clothes” to Nepal.

Violence had erupted near the Indo-Nepal border at Raxaul region in Bihar on Monday after Nepal police opened fire on Madhesi protesters demonstrating against the new Constitution near the Indo-Nepal border on Monday.

Madhesi people, who claim to represent the interests of the Indian-origin inhabitants of Nepal’s Terai region (plains), have been protesting against the new constitution adopted by Nepal government. They have been claiming that the new Constitution will not be able to address the issues of indigenous Terai region people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed shock over the unfortunate killing of an Indian in the firing by Nepal Police.

Requesting for details of the incident from his Nepalese counterpart KP Oli, PM Modi had assured the Nepalese leader that there was no obstacle from the Indian side on supply of fuel and other essentials.

Over 40 people have died in the violent agitation that has also overwhelmed Indo-Nepal ties as transit of goods and fuel to the Himalayan nation from India via the major border trading points has been badly affected. The trade point was once again sealed after violence in the area forced authorities to clamp an indefinite curfew. A 15-km long queue of vehicles is still waiting for clearance from Indian authorities for entering into Nepal.

Among their major demands, the Madhesi Front are seeking to re-draw the demarcation of the federal provinces and inclusion of more rights and representation to the Indian-origin Madhesi people.

In a related development, the Indian Embassy in Nepal expressed its serious concerns over the remarks made by Nepalese Minister without portfolio Satya Narayan Mandal on Monday, who alleged that India was planning to send Indian army personnel in plain clothes into Nepal.

In a strongly worded reply, Indian embassy in Kathmandu said “The comments are provocative, baseless and ill- intentioned”.

“Coming from a responsible person holding the post of Minister in Government of Nepal, the comments are even more disconcerting and have the potential to adversely affect the cordial relations between India and Nepal,” the statement read further.

(With inputs from the PTI)