The government of Nepal has asked the Indian government to investigate into the shooting of four Nepali nationals by personnel of Indian Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) in Nepali territory Wednesday morning and inform Nepal about the findings.
Writing a letter to the government of India, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday sought the details of the incident from its counterpart.
“We have written to the Indian government to investigate into the incident and share the findings with the Nepal government,” Tara Prasad Adhikari, MoFA spokesman, told Republica.
The letter has been sent to the Indian government through the Kathmandu-based embassy of India.
The foreign ministry wrote to the Indian government after the home ministry confirmed that SSB personnel had shot at four Nepali nationals after entering into the Nepali territory in Sunsari district.
“The home ministry’s team deployed to the site confirmed that the Indian security personnel had shot and injured the Nepali locals,” Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, spokesman at the home ministry, told Republica. “After verifying the facts, we asked the foreign ministry to raise the issue with the Indian side through the diplomatic channel.”
The embassy of India in Kathmandu, however, has refuted the reports.
“A patrol team of SSB came across a few smugglers inside the Indian territory across the Sunsari district of Nepal. When challenged, the smugglers and their accomplices attacked the patrol team and injured one constable,” the embassy claimed in its statement issued on Wednesday. “SSB personnel fired in the air in self-defence, following which the smugglers dispersed. The incident took place inside the Indian territory and no Nepali citizen was injured.”
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