Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 1

The Embassy of India has expressed concern over the report that a group of persons burnt the effigy of Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and shouted slogans against India at Ratna Park today.

A press release issued here today by the Indian embassy states that if the report is true then it is the most unfortunate incident "which is highly objectionable in character and aimed at undermining the close, cordial and friendly relations between India and Nepal."

The Embassy of India hopes that appropriate action would be taken against those responsible for such an outrageous action, showing disrespect to the leader of a friendly neighbouring country," the release further states.