Indian SSB killed Nepali national in border, Nepal condemns

Nepal Foreign Affairs (KATHMANDU, 9 March 2017) – Nepal government has condemned the killing of an innocent Nepali national Govinda Gautam on 9 March by Indian security forces.

Gautam, of Punarbas Municipality-8 in Kanchanpur district, died after he sustained bullet fired by Indian Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) inspector of Sampurnanagar station, locals said. SSB had long been misbehaving and abusing Nepali people at the border.

Following a dispute over building a culvert over Sano Khola River in Kanchanpuer district, SSB fired bullet that killed Gautam. At a time when anti-Indian sentiment has risen in Nepal, this act of SSB has generated further anger against India.

Nepal government lately raised this issue with the Indian government.

”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 into the incident and bring the guilty to justice” the press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MoFA) has  mentioned.

The Government has also called for taking necessary steps to bring the situation under control so that no further untoward incident takes place in the said border area.

The situation became tense today after the SSB personnel, who came with the locals of bordering Indian town Basahi, opened fire into the air. They were contending that certain Indian Territory was transgressed while digging for the construction.

The construction of the culvert over the river was started on Wednesday after an agreement was reached following a dispute that ran for over a month.

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