India and Nepal share a long border but with increasing political tension in between both the nations, the cooperation about their owned lands have decreased.
India had warned Nepal about the encroachment in Tanakpur earlier this week and the Nepalese officials had given their assurance that the plantation drive in the no man’s land on the border area near Tanakpur will be stopped. But this is not just one matter. India is growing more and more reluctant to accept Nepalese population within its borders. India has asked Nepal to prevent its citizens from “illegally” visiting the Indian territories of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Gunji, according to local media reports.
One of the indian officials had said that these illegal activities towards the Indian border will only create tensions among both the nations.
The Deputy District Commissioner, Dharchula, Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand, Anil Shukla, earlier this month, urged the Nepali authorities to share information with the Indian authorities about such activities, reports the Himalayan Times.
“We have received a letter and phone call regarding India’s decision to prohibit Nepalis from crossing into the territories”, Sharad Kumar Pokhrel, Chief District Officer of Darchula, Nepal, was quoted as saying by the paper.
Nepalese officials responded to the letter saying that the movement in these areas was only ‘natural’ for its citizens. “The movement of Nepalese nationals in these areas are natural,” said the letter signed by Tek Singh Kunwar, Assistant District Administrator of Darchula, Nepal, according to Kantipur daily.
The Tanakpur area is a sensitive matter here. Lokeshwar Singh, Superintendent of Police (SP) of Champawat, said Nepalese officials had carried out a survey of the pillar number 811, the location in question.
“We had held talks with the concerned authorities in Kanchanpur district, Nepal over the situation at pillar number 811. We raised our concerns, they surveyed the area around pillar number 811, a talk between the district officials from both India and Nepal will be held soon and all the concerns will be shared with them,” Singh told reporters on Tuesday. People there and the officials claimed that the Nepali people started a plantation drive there and upon reporting , they agreed to end it with dialogue. Things became more tense in the border situation between both the countries when an Indian nation was injured by the Nepal police. The cross border police open fired at three Indian men near the India-Nepal border in Bihar’s Kishanganj of which one was injured.
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