13 June, Kathmandu:
As per the information from the police out there, “Nepali border guards have opened fire after a group of Indians crossed the frontier, killing one man and wounding two.”
The incident took place when about 30 Indians were crossing 100 meters (yards) into Nepal’s territory in the southern district of Sarlahi and when police stopped them they clashed with them.
The district police chief Gangaram Shrestha Shrestha said to this situation, “the guards at first fired into the air when scores of people gathered and hurled stones and bricks at police, and also snatched a gun.”
He also added, “The police were forced to fire five rounds to recover the gun, injuring three people. We learned that one of them died during treatment in India. And three Nepali border police were also injured.”
Nepali authorities had to increase the numbers on border security due to the increased movement of people during the lockdown along the 1,750km (1,090 miles) frontier, which is traditionally open. Furthermore, last month, police in the western district of Jhapa had to fire blank rounds to vanish dozens of Indian farmers trying to cross the border.
As of now, there have been increased territorial tensions between the neighbors after India opened a new road into a disputed zone. Nepal has come up with a new map to which New Delhi rejected calling it a “unilateral act” and is not based on historical facts or evidence.
On Thursday, an official said, “The Nepal Parliament is set to vote at the weekend on a new map of its border with India. Underlining the Himalayan nation’s determination to press its case in the land dispute that has strained ties with its giant neighbor.”