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India denies attacks by its border forces on Nepalis


Kathmandu : Even as Nepal’s lawmakers Saturday decided to send a team to the western region, where there are growing claims of attacks on villagers by India’s border security force – the Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB), the Indian embassy here denied the allegations.

In a statement issued here, the embassy said it had “cross-checked the factual situation with relevant Indian authorities” who clarified that “there has been no violation of international border or any attacks upon Nepali nationals by Indian border guard forces”.

It said the reports in some sections of the Nepali media about attacks by the SSB and widespread displacement of panic-stricken villagers were “baseless and motivated by vested interests in an attempt to vitiate the friendly and cordial relationship between India and Nepal”.

Rakesh Sood, India’s ambassador to Nepal, Friday met newly inducted Nepali Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala.

Koirala told the media after the meeting that preliminary inquiries did not bear out the anti-Indian charges. However, she was taken to task by lawmakers who met Saturday to discuss the issue.

The parliamentary committee to Preserve the Rights of the Nation said a team of parliamentarians should visit Dang district, where the attacks reportedly took place, to probe the allegations.