APF fills canal dug by Indian side in no man's land

GULARIYA: A canal dug by the Indian Forest Department employees in the no man's land along the Nepal-India border at Madhuban in Bardiya district has been filled up by the Sanoshree-based Nepal's Armed Police Force (APF).

The employees of the Katarniya Wildlife Reserve India had dug up a 20-metre long canal by using an excavator in the area located between border Pillar No. 75 and Pillar No. 76 on Monday morning.

The APF team led by Inspector Bhupendra Pal was dispatched to the site immediately after getting a tip off and took a stand that both the countries are not allowed to carry out any activities in the no man's land.

"They claimed that the land they were digging was on the side of India," Inspector Pal said and added, "There was confusion if the area was located nine metres within the border pillar, so we filled it up."

The international law bars any countries from carrying out any activities in the no man's land.

Meanwhile, Bardiya's Chief District Officer (CDO) Bishnu Bahadur Thapa said he did not have any knowledge regarding the incident.