India ready to take action in Kanchanpur incident: Indian PM

KATHMANDU: Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra at the latter's official residence in the Indian capital today.

In the meeting, the Nepali Home Minister raised the issue of fatal shooting by the Indian border security personnel in Kanchanpur district of western Nepal, according to Nidhi's secretariat.

In response, Modi told Nidhi that he has already talked about the incident with the Indian authorities, including the Minister for External Affairs, Home Minister and National Security Advisor, a statement issued by Nidhi's press advisor Ramjee Dahal said.

Mentioning that the incident was being probed minutely by the Indian side, Prime Minister Modi assured Nidhi that India was ready to take action against the guilty, the statement added.

After Nepal officially protested the death of Govinda Gautam of Punarbas Municipality in Kanchapur district, adjoining India, the Indian side said it had launched an enquiry on the case and sought autopsy and other forensic reports from Nepali authorities.

Support for elections

During the meeting, DPM Nidhi sought logistic support from India for the local level elections scheduled for May 14.

Prime Minister Modi responded in affirmation, saying India was ready to provide all support to Nepal for the elections, according to the statement.

"The Prime Minister said that India is fully committed to strengthening the age-old ties of friendship and kinship between the people of both countries, and to support the Government of Nepal in all its endeavours for socio-economic development of Nepal," India's Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Also, Nidhi congratulated Modi for the latter's Bharatiya Janata Party's victory in provincial elections recently held in India.

DPM Nidhi was accompanied by Nepal's Ambassador to New Delhi Deep Kumar Upadhyay.

Nidhi had left Kathmandu on Monday March 13 to attend a conference on counter-terrorism in New Delhi. He is scheduled to fly back to Kathmandu today evening.

He held a meeting with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh yesterday and drew the Indian government's attention towards the Kanchapur incident.


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