Nepal-India border along Rautahat, Sarlahi, Mohattari to be sealed for 3 days

RAUTAHAT: The security officials of Nepal and India have agreed to seal Nepal-India border along Rauthat, Sarlahi and Mohattari districts for three days prior to the upcoming elections.

A joint security meeting held at Sitamadi in India today, decided to seal the border to prevent untoward activities during the House of Representatives and State Assemblies elections on November 26 in Nepal.

Chief District Office of Rauthat Udav Bahadur Thapa said that the Indian security officials have assured that no such activities would be carried out targeting violence in Nepali soil during elections from the Indian territory.

"They have said that the Indian side would fully cooperate with the Nepali security forces for maintaining peace and security for holding a peaceful, fearless elections in Nepal," Thapa added.

CDO Thapa further said that the two sides have discussed of sharing information at least twice a month between the local security forces and cooperating each other for curbing criminal activities in the region.

During the meeting, Indian officials raised the issue of hooch being smuggled into India, human trafficking, transactions of demonetised bank notes. Similarly Nepali side drew attention of criminal activities and drug smuggling to Indian counterparts.

Meanwhile, the two sides also discussed on the issues of buffalo and cow being smuggled to Nepal and India respectively.

Thapa along with Sarlahi Chief District Officer Krishna Bahadur Katuwal, Mohattari CDO Babu Ram Shrestha and Sitamadi DM Brijkishor Sadananda and other officials from both sides were present in the meeting.