Security officials of both Nepal and India have agreed to seal the border in Lumbini Province for 72 hours to hold the local level elections in free and fearless manner.

Rupandehi Chief District Officer Rishi Ram Tiwari said that at a joint meeting of district security officials held at Bhairahawa-based Bodhiredson, officials of Rupandehi, Nawalparasi, Kapilvastu districts of Lumbini, and officials of Uttar Pradesh's Maharajgunj and Siddharthanagar districts of India took a decision to this effect.

The local level election is slated for May 30. Nepal-India borders will be sealed from the commencement of the silence period until the election is completed. Security at the entry points will be tightened, while Indian citizens can easily go to India. Officials at the meeting said they held the discussion on border security, illegal activities and human trafficking among other issues.

They have also committed to resolve the problems in coordination with each other.

Rupandehi's CDO Tiwari, Shrawan Kumar Pokhrel of Nawalparasi, Dhamendra Kumar Mishra of Kapilvastu, and chiefs of security bodies, among other stakeholders, were present at the meeting.

Similarly, DM Syatendra Kumar, SP Kaustup of Maharajgunj, DM of Siddharthanagar Sanjiv Ranjan, Yesbir Singh, and SSB 22 Battalion and 26 Battalion chiefs from the Indian side were also present at the meeting.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 28, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.