Sitamarhi (Bihar) Nepal police fired at Indians amid a scuffle with the locals during which a man got killed and two others were left injured on Friday. The incident allegedly took place “deep inside Nepalese territory” adjoining Bihar’s Sitamarhi district, officials reported.
Moreover, an Indian man, Laagan yadav, 45, has been arrested by the Nepal border police as they found his daughter-in-law conversing with other Indian locals in the Nepal territory.
Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Director General (DG) Kumar Rajesh Chandra said in Delhi that the dispute which led to the firing occurred at 8.40am way beyond the border of the neighbouring country.
“The situation is normal now and our local commanders immediately got in touch with our Nepalese counterparts APF,” Chandra said.
Inspector General (IG) of the SSB’s Patna Frontier, Sanjay Kumar informed that the fight involved the Armed Police Force of Nepal and the Indian locals living in areas adjacent to the border.
“One person was killed and two others were injured in the firing,” the IG said.
Vikesh Yadav, 22, died after getting shot a bullet in his abdomen while Uday Thakur, 24, and Umesh Ram, 18, had got injured and taken to a private hospital in Sitamarhi for treatment, around 85 kilometers from Bihar’s capital Patna, officials said.
The dispute had initially begun when Yadav’s daughter-in-law was seen talking to some locals from india deep inside the Nepal territory. The woman is from Nepal. The troops of the APF of Nepal had allegedly raised objections to their entry in their country.
As the borders aren’t fenced, people from either side of the front get go around meeting their family and relatives as relations exist, officials said.
Nepal APF member disapproved of the movements after which over 75-80 indian locals gathered in the area. It led to a heated argument which then got converted into firing.
The APF has claimed that they first fired in the air to disperse the crowd and fearing snatching of their weapons, they later initiated aimed fire in which three people got hit, the officials said.
The incident area is between Jankinagar of Sitamarhi district and Sarlahi in Nepal, they said. Senior officials of the local police, administration and the SSB are at the spot, the officials said.
The area is guarded by the 51st battalion of the SSB and it falls under border pillar number 319, they said. The SSB is tasked to guard the 1,751 km open India-Nepal border.