Nepali, Indian officials agree on improving border security

Nepalgunj, March 20:

Security officials along the Nepal and India border today reached a six-point agreement to work jointly considering the upcoming April 10 election to constituent assembly in Nepal.

The agreement was reached today in a meeting of the officials of the two countries. Sudhir Kumar Sribastav, Baharaich district magistrate, said after the meeting that the Indian side would cooperate fully to ensure peace and security during the election in Nepal.

“India is ready to extend all possible cooperation to hold the CA poll in a free, fair manner,” he said adding that the Indian security force has intensified patrolling along the border since the past few days.

“It is very difficult to track and arrest criminals along the open India-Nepal border but mutual cooperation and action and regular exchange of information between the two countries can make it easier,” Sribastav said. The meeting has also decided to seal the Nepal-India border 24 hours before the election and ban ban sales of liquor in the bordering areas three days before and after the election. Officials from the two countries also agreed to take swift joint actions in case of any incident, said Dang chief district officer Mohan Krishna Sapkota, who had participated in the meeting. He also informed that the two sides held discussions on the murder of Kamal Adhikari, a CA poll candidate, and the possibility of the assailants taking refuge in India.

“India has assured of cooperation to take actions against the murderer,” he said.

The meeting was attended by CDOs, DSPs and chiefs of Armed Police Force units and the National Investigation Department in Banke, Bardiya and Dang districts. The Indian side was represented by District Magistrates, SPs and Assistant District Magistrates from the bordering areas.