Amid map row, Nepal police firing kills Indian national

An Indian civilian was killed and two others injured in alleged firing by Nepalese paramilitary forces inside Nepal's territory near the border with Bihar's Sitamarhi district on Friday, PTI reported.

Inspector General (IG) of the Sashastra Seema Bal's Patna Frontier, Sanjay Kumar confirmed the firing.

Police in Bihar's border district of Sitamarhi, home to the Indian victims, said the incident happened during a meeting between family members from either side of the border. "The matter is being investigated and all necessary legal steps are being taken", Sitamarhi SP Anil Kumar said after the incident.

Sources in Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which guards the Indian side of the border, said the incident occurred at around 8.40 am when a Sitamarhi family, which has relations across the border, entered Nepal but were stopped by Nepal APF and an altercation ensued.

Both sides described it as a localised incident but it immediately caught the spotlight in the two countries.

The Nepal Parliament is set to vote at the weekend on a new map of its border with India, an official said on Thursday, underlining the Himalayan nation's determination to press its case in the land dispute that has strained ties with its giant neighbour.

The deceased man has been identified as 22-year-old Vikesh Yadav.

An altercation ensued over Nepal APF's behaviour with women. "This led to an altercation, an avoidable altercation I will say, because this was a completely local issue", Chandra said. Around 80 people eventually gathered at the spot.

Some reports claimed four people were injured.

According to reports, even on May 17, Nepal police had fired blank rounds to disperse dozens of Indians trying to cross the border. The villagers, on the other hand, said the APF troops were at fault.

According to Chandra, after the firing the crowd dispersed and came back to Sitamarhi where the injured were admitted in a hospital. "Later on, more than 60 Indians pelted stones and attacked the police", he said adding that three Nepalese security forces were also injured in the clash. When asked why Nepal APF did not take the injured to the hospital themselves, Chandra said, "What they did or did not do, I can not comment on that".


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