On Friday, a local man was killed and two others were injured in the alleged firing of Nepal border police personnel on the Nepal border along Sitamarhi district of Bihar. Officials said that 45-year-old Indian citizen Lagan Yadav has been detained by Nepal Border Police.
Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Kumar Rajesh Chandra said that the incident took place at around 8.40 am within the Nepali border. Chandra told that the situation is normal now and our local commander immediately contacted the Nepali counterpart APF. SSB Inspector General (IG) Patna Frontier Sanjay Kumar said that the incident occurred between the local people and the Nepal Armed Police Force (APF). IG said that one person died in this incident while the other two people were injured.
He said that 22-year-old Vikesh Yadav was shot in the stomach due to which he died while Uday Thakur (24) and Umesh Ram (18) were injured and were taken to a private hospital in Sitamarhi, 85 km from Patna, Bihar’s capital.
Kumar said that as per the preliminary report received from the local people, APF personnel objected to Lagan Yadav’s daughter-in-law’s presence in the area when he saw her interacting with some people present in India. The daughter-in-law is from Nepal.
Officials said that the local people have kinship on both sides of the border and due to no fence, people keep coming to visit relatives on both sides of the border. Further adding that APF personnel objected to this meeting, after which a debate took place between Nepal Police personnel and local people and 75 to 80 people gathered from India on the spot.
Officials said the APF claimed that they first fired in the air to disperse the crowd, but later they fired at them with the fear of being snatched by the weapon which took three people. He said that the incident happened between Janakinagar in Sitamarhi district and Sarlahi in Nepal. Officials said that senior officials of local police, administration and SSB officials are present at the scene.
It is noteworthy that the security of this area is responsible to the 51st battalion of SSB and this area comes under pillar number 319. The SSB is responsible for the security of the 1,751-km border between India and Nepal.
Nepal shares a 1,850-kilometre (1,150-mile) open border with India and people travel across it for work and to visit family. It had closed its international borders on March 22 amid the coronavirus pandemic.