Nepal sends diplomatic note to India on Darchula issueA 9-year-old boy died on Friday after being hit by a blasted stone during the widening of the Tavaghat-Lipulekh road on the Indian side of Mahakali river.
Nepal has sent a diplomatic note to the Government of India through the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu regarding the death of 9-year-old Pawan Mahara of Vyas Rural Municipality in Darchula district.
Pawan had lost his life on Friday after being hit by a stone that flew in a blast carried out for the widening of the Tavaghat-Lipulekh road by India across the Mahakali river. India’s Garg and Garg, a construction company, is undertaking the project.
Pawan, a local of Vyas Dumling in the rural municipality, had died on the spot while walking on the other side of the border in the Nepali territory. He was fatally hit in the head while his sister, Sarina, was injured and is undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Darchula, according to Dirgha Raj Upadhyay, chief district officer of Darchula.
“The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu received the diplomatic note regarding the incident on Sunday morning,” an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Post over phone, on the condition of anonymity.
According to the official, the Foreign Ministry has primarily urged the Government of India on three aspects in a diplomatic note.
“The diplomatic note has mentioned of efficiently cooperating with the local bodies of Nepal when constructing any infrastructure on the border area while also urging the Indian side to take extra precautions in the future while carrying out developmental works and has sought proper compensation and assistance to the family of the deceased,” the official said.
As per the international practice, while detonating an explosive device or performing other kinds of restrictive works, one side should inform the other and restrict the mobility of vehicles and people.