Nepal’s border guarding force on Saturday released the Indian national who was detained for allegedly trying to snatch a weapon from one of their personnel during an altercation which sparked tension on the Indo-Nepal border along Bihar’s Sitamarhi district, an official said.
The Nepalese Armed Police Force also returned the body of 27-year-old Bikesh Kumar Rai, who was shot dead by the force during the altercation.
The NAPF on Friday opened fire on a crowd killing Rai and injuring two others and detained 45-year-old Lagan Yadav after the incident along the southern border.
The NAPF released Yadav and handed him over to the Indian Security Forces at the no man’s land at the Nayanapur Border Point, My Republica newspaper reported.
“We have released the Indian national who was arrested and the dead body has also been handed over,” Nepal’s Chief District Officer Mohan Bahadur was quoted as saying in the report.
The local government, the Nepali security personnel and the Indian security forces reached an agreement on Saturday morning, it said.
Earlier, security personnel of both the countries stepped up security along the border and spent the night at the incident site. Several locals and representatives of the government were also present, the report said.
In the Sitamarhi district which is 134 km from Patna the Director-General of Sashastra Seema Bal, a force looking after the 1,751 km India-Nepal frontier, said in New Delhi on Friday that the incident took place around 8:40 am “deep inside Nepalese territory”.
According to Indian officials, as per preliminary reports obtained from locals, there were protests after the APF troops objected to the presence of Indians in their area in violation of the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The country has declared a lockdown in the area till June 14.
The neighbouring districts on both sides of the border maintain communications and in the absence of any fence, people move around to meet their family members, they said.
The objection raised by the APF resulted in a heated argument and it is claimed that the Indian people called other villagers and revelled in stone-pelting on the Nepalese APF at Narayanpur district of Parsa Rural Municipality in Sarlahi division in southern Nepal.
APF Additional Inspector General of Police in Kathmandu said that “They also snatched weapons from one of our security men. After firing ten shots of bullets in the air, our personnel had to open fire for self-defence in which one person was killed and two others were wounded”.
The incident occurred some 75 metres inside the Nepalese territory from the no man’s land, he added.
Nepal Promclaimed these Indian Territories:
The incident took place in the centre of an enraged border row between the two countries, with India sternly asking Nepal not to resort to any “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims after Kathmandu, the capital city, released a new political map laying claim over Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura.
New Delhi maintains that these are part of India’s Uttarakhand State while Kathmandu, in its recent map, had shown them as part of Western Nepal.
India had proclaimed its new map of the boundary region in November, after it divided Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh into two separate union territories. The map had included these areas of Uttarakhand, the provinces disputed, within India’s borders.