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Nepal, India officials agree to strengthen border security for upcoming Lok Sabha election

- SANTOSH SINGH, DHANUSHA

Feb 11, 2019-

Indian security officials have said that there could be flow of counterfeit currency across the border and the Indian criminals could make Nepal as their hideout during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Bihar state of India. At a Nepal-India border security meeting held in Janakpur on Monday, officials of the two countries reviewed the possibility of misusing Nepali soil for criminal activities during elections.

“The possibility of illegal transaction of fake currency across the open border between Nepal and India at the election time was discussed in the meeting,” said Dhanusha Chief District Officer Pradeep Kandel. “Decisions were taken on keeping special tabs on counterfeit Indian currency, human movement, sales and distribution of liquor and other illegal activities.”

Present in the meeting were chief district officers and chiefs of security agencies from Mahottari, Dhanusha, Siraha and Saptari districts that border with Bihar’s Madhubani district. District Magistrate of Madhubani Kapil Ashok headed the Indian delegation to discuss border security issues.

“We have discussed sealing border from both sides during election,” said DM Ashok, adding that measures will be taken to control liquor supply and increasing patrolling at the border.

According to Ashok, Madhubani’s Harlakhi, which is connected to Dhanusha of Nepal, is the most vulnerable area in terms of security threat. Likewise, areas connected by Kamala River are also security sensitive.

Apart from Loksabha election, the meeting also discussed human trafficking and social anomalies taking place in the bordering towns. Likewise, controlling contraband drugs, preservation of border pillars and prevention of border encroachment were also discussed at the meeting, according to CDO Kandel.

Published: 11-02-2019 18:18

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