Kiren Rijiju on Indo-Nepal border incident

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India has sought from Nepal the post-mortem and forensic reports of a Nepalese national allegedly killed in firing by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) along the border yesterday, an incident that triggered protests in Nepal.

Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi on Friday summoned Vinay Kumar, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of India in Kathmandu, and handed over the diplomatic note in which the government of Nepal has condemned the Kanchanpur incident and called for probe, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

The SSB jawans objected to the fresh construction, leading to pelting of stones by the Nepalese people gathered there in which nine SSB jawans and 27 civilians of Basahi were injured.

Kathmandu: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval today phoned Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda to offer condolences after a Nepali man was killed in an alleged firing at the border by the guards. The dispute over the construction began after the pillar was reported missing.

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While the local police fired a teargas shell, two were fired by the Nepal police to "disperse the crowd" on Thursday, the SSB said in its statement.

The Indian security forces opened firing at Nepali people who stood against the unilateral act of breaking the culvert that was constructed for the easy movement between Nepal and India as per the agreement without making any consultation with stakeholders. It was agreed then that no permanent construction would be carried out till the survey officers of both the countries decided on the matter. "The exact cause of death would be know only after we receive the post-mortem and other relevant forensic report", an official added.

The SSB, which works under the command of the Union Home Ministry, is tasked with guarding the 1,751 km long Indo-Nepal border. Out of this Uttar Pradesh shares a 599.3 km long open border with Nepal touching seven districts- Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri, Bahraich, Sravasti, Balrampur, Sidhharthnagar and Maharajganj.

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