Police, Indian sand smugglers clash in Parsa near border

BIRGUNJ: Tension ran high in the Oriya Khola of Parsa district, near the Nepal-India border, on Wednesday after more than 100 Indian sand smugglers intruded into the Nepali side and clashed with  the Nepali security personnel.

The clash ensued after the Armed Police Force personnel tried to stop sand smuggling from the river in Pidari Guthi of the district, which borders the Indian state of Bihar.

Two Nepalis, including APF Head Constable Raj Kumar Majhi and a local Prabhu Chaudhary, were injured in the incident.

The APF personnel deployed from the Bhikhampur Border Security Base Camp lobbed three rounds of tear gas in a bid to take the situation under control.

As more people from the Indian side poured into the site, the local residents withdrew from their houses and moved to a safer location, according to APF SP Rabindra Thakur.

Thakur added that Chief District Officer Keshav Raj Ghimire, who is currently in Kathmandu, has been informed about the situation.

He said "diplomatic efforts are underway" to contain the situation.