Standoff at border after Indian SSB intervenes in fence constructionA standoff broke out between Nepali locals and the Indian Shasastra Seema Bal at a Nepal-India border area in Bardiya district on Wednesday.
A standoff broke out between Nepali locals and the Indian Shasastra Seema Bal at a Nepal-India border area in Bardiya district on Wednesday.
The people of Rajapur Municipality and Geruwa Village Council claimed the dispute ensued when a group of armed SSB personnel entered into Nepali side and intimidated the locals who were installing an electric fence to keep off wild elephants entering from the Indian forest across the border. Bishnu Rijal, a local man, said the Indian border security force threatened to kill them if they did not dismantle the fence which was being installed on the Nepali soil.
The fence was being constructed 80 metres away from the no man’s land inside Nepali territory, Rijal said.
A team of Armed Police Force, led by Inspector Prakash Rana, was mobilised to the site after the local administration was informed about the SSB intrusion.
Inspector Rana said the dispute was settled after it was agreed to move the fence at least 100 metres away from the no man’s land until a joint survey team from Nepal and India inspects the area.
He also denied the locals’ allegation that the SSB personnel had entered into Nepali territory carrying weapons. Some locals, meanwhile, are not pleased with the agreement that was reached through the intercession of the APF. They blamed the APF team of compromising territorial integrity by agreeing to shift the location of the fence 20 metres inside from its original position, also the land owned by the country.
Lal Bahadur Chaudhary, of Bimmapur, said it was a shame that Nepalis had to take permission of India to construct a fence on their own land.