DHANGADHI, AUGUST 1
Media outlets and social networking sites are abuzz with reports of a Nepali person who fell into the Mahakalai River and went missing after Indian border security personnel allegedly snapped the rope of an improvised cable 'bridge' or a tuin he was using to cross over to Khalanga.
The incident has since spurred all-round tension, especially in Nepal, where people from all walks of life have been demanding justice as well as accountability from the Indian side.
On Friday morning, Jay Singh Dhami, 33, of Byas Rural Municipality-2, Darchula, was headed to Khalanga from Maalghat, through the Indian route using a tuin, when he fell off the ropeway into Mahakali River and went missing, as two Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) officials supposedly cut the cable as Dhami was halfway on the rope.
On Saturday, the Dhami family filed an FIR at Pangala based Indian police station against both SSB personnel who have been accused of snapping the cable and has asked for immediate investigation and action against the culprits.
The FIR also mentions that the SSB had threatened them not to speak of the incident and warned them of dire consequences should they proceed.
Meanwhile, Pithauragadh-based district official of India, Aananda Sworup has replied to the Chief District Officer of Darchula, Sidhdha Raj Joshi, that no SSB personnel were involved in the incident.
The DAO had released a statement on Saturday appealing all sides not to disseminate false reports, which it argued, would sour the relations between the two countries as the incident is being investigated.
According to the statement, a joint team of the Armed Police Force, Nepal Battalion no 44 Darchula, District Police Office, and employees of National Investigation Office have been dispatched to the incident site for the investigation.