KATHMANDU: A source in Indian Embassy on thursday said that the ongoing controversy on the Indo-Nepal border was baseless and fabricated.

The source maintained that the motive behind the row was to vitiate the friendly ties

between the two neighbouring countries. “We have taken up this issue with the government of Nepal. It was raised only by a section of the Nepali media and certain political organisations with vested interests. So far, no complaint has been lodged,” added the source.

There is a proper platform to hold periodic border management talks between India and Nepal. However, New Delhi has been eager to hold meeting with Kathmandu for long.

“But, Nepal has not been forthcoming on this. The only solution is to put a signature on the boundary maps by both sides. This is what India wants,” said the source.

“We request the government of Nepal to look how this frivolous and fictitious news item gained currency. It should deliberate upon this serious issue since it intends to harm the bilateral relationship,” added the source.

During an all-party meeting that was held in Dang yesterday, Roshan Pun, coordinator, Locals’ Struggle Committee, maintained that border villagers were never displaced from their native place.

But, they had launched an agitation to put pressure on the government to redress their long-standing grievances. They also agreed to return to their homes in seven days after the district administration assured them of addressing their woes at the earliest.