A Nepali man was shot dead on Thursday by an Indian police at the Nepal-India border in Kanchanpur following an argument on the building of culvert over Sano Khola River, Kanchanpur district.
While the locals claimed that Govinda Gautam, 30, was shot by Indian Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Inspector of Sampurnanagar station, DIG Romendra Deuja, the police chief of the far western region mentioned that the SSB who opened fire is yet to be identified.
Devendra Khadka, one of the witnesses, said that out of the four bullets fired, it was the fourth bullet that hit him on the waist and injured him. Deuja confirmed Gautam died on the way to the hospital.
Govinda Gautam of Punarbaas Municipality-8 was from a poor family and was living with his parents, wife and three little daughters. He had recently returned after six months in Saudi Arabia with a little of his earnings. Sushila, Gautam’s wife, said that they were planning to build a house on the government land as they did not own any. Gautam’s family was solely sustaining on his income.
The dispute over the matter ran for over a month, and upon the agreement, the locals started constructing culvert over the river on Wednesday.
Culvert construction has been a major issue at the borders in the recent years and has yet to find a resolving point. Some of the Nepali locals claim that the culverted land belongs to Nepal, while the Indian officials say that it falls under no man’s land. Deuja mentioned that their mutual study team and still in the process of finding a solution.
The locals demonstrated against SSB high-handedness after Gautam’s death at the border.
India refuses SSB’s involvement in the open fire near Aanandabazar of Kanchanpur district on Thursday afternoon. The Indian Embassy twitted, “It is categorically denied that there was any incident of firing by SSB near the border at Aanandabazar, Kanchanpur.” following the incident.
It is categorically denied that there was any incident of firing by SSB near the border at Aananda Bazaar, Kanchanpur. 1/3
— IndiaInNepal (@IndiaInNepal) March 9, 2017
SSB has blundered in firing and killing a Nepali citizen over a land dispute issue. India must move fast to apologise and compensate.
— SUKH DEO MUNI (@SDMUNI) March 10, 2017
“The Government of Nepal has already taken up this matter with serious concern at higher diplomatic level of the Government of India with a demand to investigate the incident and bring the guilty to justice,” the statement said. Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi has also telephoned External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and raised the matter, media reports here said.
Both Security personnel from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force are currently taking the situation under control.
h/t – myrepublica.com