Writ seeks management of Nepal-India open border

KATHMANDU: A writ has been filed at the Supreme Court today demanding the management of the open border between Nepal and India.

The Office of the Prime Minister, the Home Ministry and the Defence Ministry have been named as defendants in the writ filed jointly by advocate Chandra Kanta Gyawali and border expert Buddhi Narayan Shrestha among others.

Arguing that the porous border was giving a way to terrorist and smuggling activities, the petitioners have demanded a proper record keeping of the human mobility with an identity card system. The provision had been mentioned in the Nepal gazette in 1953, they reminded.

Nepalis have suffered a lot due to the absence of regulation of the border, the writ said, demanding a mandamus order to review the open border which was not mentioned even in the 1816 and the 1950 Nepal-India friendship treaties.