Kanchanpur shooting: Nepal urges India to take action against culprit

KATHMANDU: The Nepal government on Friday demanded that India investigate into the reports that a Nepali national was killed by its border security personnel in Punarbas of Kanchanpur yesterday and take action against the culprit.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat telephoned his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj this morning and sought the action, Mahat's press coordinator Yek Raj Pathak informed.

Expressing his concerns that India did not make its official view on the incident yet, Mahat had demanded that the southern neighbour should take precautions to avoid such incidents in the future.

In response, Swaraj told Mahat that New Delhi had taken the issue seriously and was investigating into it at the local level, according to Pathak.

Govinda Gautam was shot dead in the incident yesterday.

Diplomatic note handed over

Meanwhile, the government summoned the Kathmandu-based Indian Embassy's chargé d'affaires Vinay Kumar at MoFA and handed over a "diplomatic note", drawing India's attention toward the fatal incident near Nepal-India border.

Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi had summoned the acting ambassador, Kumar, at his office this morning.

The diplomatic note has condemned the incident and demanded investigation into it as well as action against the guilty.

In a response, Kumar informed Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi that India had already begun probe into the incident and requested Nepal to share the postmortem report of the victim, a statement issued by the Embassy of India said.

"He further said that the district authorities should maintain close and regular contacts and ensure peace and order in the area," the statement added.

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Earlier, MoFA had issued a statement late night yesterday, condemning the killing of "innocent Nepali national".

It said the Government of Nepal had already taken up the matter with serious concern at higher diplomatic level of the Government of India with a demand to investigate into the incident and bring the guilty to justice.