Nepal-India border in Kanchanpur to be sealed for 48 hours during local elections

KANCHANPUR: The Nepal-India border points in Kanchanpur district would remain closed for 48 hours during the upcoming local level elections slated for June 28.

A meeting of the Nepal-India Coordination Committee held in Mahendranagar on Monday agreed to seal the border points from 6:00 am of June 26 to 5:00 pm of June 28, said the Chief District Officer Manohar Prasad Khanal.

The vehicular movement in areas sharing border with three districts of India - Pilibhit, Udham Singh Nagar and Champawat - would be halted in view of the elections.

Both sides have agreed to beef up security along the border areas for the election purpose. The launching of a joint patrols and establishment of mobile and checkpoints are the additional arrangements to be made for the electoral purpose, CDO Khanal added.

Likewise, both sides have agreed to exchange security-related information for checking trans-border crimes including the smuggling of arms, drugs, wildlife body parts and human trafficking.

In addition to this, measures would be taken to end the mistreatment to Nepali workers being reported on border areas.