Nepal demands probe into killing of Nepali national in Indian police firing

KATHMANDU, March 9 (Xinhua) — The Nepalese government, on Thursday, condemned the killing of a Nepali national when the Indian security forces opened fire into a crowd at Anandabazar town of Nepal along the Nepal-India border.

Foreign Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat spoke to Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj by phone to express deep concern over the incident. He demanded immediate probe into the incident.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal stated that the government has already taken up this matter with serious concern at highest diplomatic level of India with a demand to investigate into the incident and bring the guilty to justice.

The ministry said that 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 aforementioned bordering area.

The Nepalese government’s response has come following killing of Govinda Gautam, a Nepali national when the Indian border security forces opened fire into a crowd at Anandabazar town of Kanchanpur District Thursday afternoon, following a scuffle over building a culvert over a local river.

Chief District Officer of Kanchanpur Manohar Prasad Khanal told that local Nepali people had resorted to a demonstration since 12 p.m. Thursday after Indian authorities objected to the construction of a culvert in the locality claiming that was the no man’s land, the Himalayan Times Online said in its latest report.

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, media reports said.

Meanwhile, Nepal’s ruling party Nepali Congress and major opposition party Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) have condemned the incident demanding immediate investigation into the case.

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