NJP on donation collection drive

Mahendranagar, November 5:

The Nepal Janatrantik Party, which recently announced to raise arms to protect monarchy, has started collecting donations in the far western region.

In this connection, a joint meeting of Nepali and Indian police chiefs and businessmen of the Nepal-India border area in the far western region was held yesterday in Banbas of India to discuss on the activities of NJP.

Businessmen on either side of the Nepal-India border areas have also started getting threatening letters asking them cough up hefty sums of money.

The meeting has decided to send patrolling teams to provide security to the businessmen in the border areas. According to an official present in the meeting, the Indian side will provide security regularly from 4 pm to 8 pm up to pillar no 7, while the Nepali side will provide security from Mahendranagar to Gaddachauki at the same time.

The security officials urged the businessmen to inform the administration instantly in case of any suspicious activities. The security chiefs also urged them to seek the help of the SSB forces, if needed.

Talking to this daily after the meeting, deputy commissioner of Champawat district in Uttaranchal state of India, Harish Chandra Sati, said: “We suspect that some Indians also are involved in threatening the businessmen. We are probing into the threatening letters.”

Pawal Kumar Mandal, chairman of the Banbas business group asked for security in Nepal for Indian businessmen.

Coordinator of the Kanchanpur Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Madhav Prasad, said: “We are initiating a process to provide security for Indian businessmen in Nepal.” DSP Krishna Bahadur Chand of the Kanchanpur District Police Office also attended the meeting.

A few days ago, the NJP sent letters to 27 businessmen of Banbas in India, demanding Rs 50,000 from each of them. The letters had warned that if they did not provide the money they would not be allowed to enter Nepal. Nepali and Indian security officials held the joint meeting after the businessmen appealed to the administration and the police for help.