Firing did take place on Nepali soil: Govt

  • Calls on Indian side for early probe, strong action against those involved
  • Police secure three bullet shells from Haripur area
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Nov 27, 2015-

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that its serious attention has been drawn to the incident of firing by Indian security forces in the Nepali territory on Wednesday morning, in which four Nepali nationals were injured.

Challenging the Embassy of India’s denial that the incident took place inside Nepal or that any Nepali citizen was injured, the MoFA said in a statement on Thursday: “Serious attention of the ministry has been drawn to the incident that occurred on Wednesday at around 6:20am 100 meters inside Nepal from India-Nepal no-man’s-land at Poorbi Tole of Hariharpur VDC Ward No 7 of Sunsari district when four locals namely Ashok Yadav, Naresh Yadav, Manoj Yadav and Saroj Yadav were injured by the bullets fired by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel in a dispute between them and some individuals.”

The Embassy of India on Wednesday had said that reports that Nepali citizens were injured in firing by Indian SSB personnel were ‘inaccurate’.  

The MoFA in its Thursday’s statement added: “This matter has been brought to the attention of the government of India through the Embassy of India in Kathmandu yesterday, expressing grave concern over the entry of the SSB personnel into the Nepali territory and use of firearms against unarmed Nepali civilians.”

While urging the Indian authorities to check such actions in future, the MoFA has requested an early investigation into the incident and strong action against those involved. The ministry has also requested the Indian side to share the findings of the investigation.

Published: 27-11-2015 09:04

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Police have secured three bullet shells from Haripur-7, Bhantabari, in Sunsari district, where Indian security forces on Wednesday had opened fire on Nepali citizens, injuring four.

A police team led by Sub-Inspector Janak Adhikari searched the incident site on Thursday and found 5.56mm bullet shells of Insas rifle. According to police sources, Indian Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel use Insas rifles.
Superintendent of Police Sanjaya Raj Sharma said the police team also conducted a deed of inquiry and recorded statements of the locals. Indian SSB men from Shaileshpur Post on Wednesday morning had crossed into the Nepali territory and fired ‘indiscriminately’ at locals. Ashok Yadav, Naresh Yadav, Manoj Yadav and Saroj Yadav were injured in the firing.
According to eyewitnesses, the SSB men had tried to clear the site after the firing; however, some bullet shells had remained there. Six Indian SSB personnel-in uniform and civvies-were involved in the incident. They had fired eight rounds of bullets.
Meanwhile, Haripur locals are traumatised following the indiscriminate firing by Indian security forces.
Nepal Police and Armed Police Force personnel are guarding the area, but locals said a sense of fear has not left them.
Local Panchu Yadav, 80, said villagers have not been able to eat and sleep properly. “The incident has left us shaken. Women and children are very scared,” he said.
Locals said they are worried that India security forces might enter the Nepali territory again and attack them. “People are so frightened that they do not want to come out of houses,” said Tara Paudel of Haripur VDC, adding that locals hide in their houses whenever they see new faces in the locality.

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