Tension at India-Nepal border; Nepal seeks probe into clash

SansadTV Bureau
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee with Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal at a meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal on Wednesday. PTI Photo

File photo of President Pranab Mukherjee with Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal at a meeting in Kathmandu. (PTI)

A day after clashes at the India-Nepal border, Nepal has accused India for the killing of a Nepalese man in alleged firing by India’s border-guarding force and demanded a probe into the incident.

“The Government of Nepal has already taken up this matter with serious concern at higher diplomatic level of the Government of India with a demand to investigate the incident and bring the guilty to justice,” said a statement issued by Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to reports, Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi also telephoned External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and raised the matter with her.

Officials of the two bordering districts of India and Nepal met after the incident and agreed to maintain peace and order, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in New Delhi.

“The Government of Nepal is being requested through diplomatic channels to share post-mortem and forensic reports to facilitate the process,” Baglay added.

Nepal also called for taking necessary steps to bring the situation at the border under control.

Meanwhile, India “categorically denied” that its border-guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) killed the Nepali man at the border. The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu said there was no incident of firing by the SSB.

India has sought from Nepal the post-mortem and forensic reports of the Nepali national.

Nepali man, Gautam was killed at Nepal-India border following a dispute over building a culvert over the Sano Khola river in Kanchanpur district, Nepali media reported.