Firing at Indo-Nepal border kills one Indian, two injured
Amid deterioration of Indo-Nepal diplomatic relations, one Indian died and two others were injured on Friday when Nepal border police fired inside their territory after an altercation. The incident happened in Bihar's Sitamarhi around 8:30 am, Sashastra Seema Bal Director General (DG) Kumar Rajesh Chandra informed. Further, an Indian, Laagan Yadav, 45, was also detained by the Nepal police. Here's what went down.
Initial reports suggested the skirmish was sparked after Laagan's daughter-in-law, who hails from Nepal, was seen in the neighboring country. She was speaking to some Indians and the troops objected to it. Soon, some 70-80 Indians gathered there. People from both the countries have familial relations and since the border isn't fenced, they move freely to meet their relatives, officials in the know said.
The Armed Police Force (APF) of Nepal first fired in the air but fearing that locals could snatch their firearms, they took aim. 22-year-old Vikesh Yadav suffered a bullet injury in the abdomen area, was rushed to a local hospital, but couldn't be saved. Meanwhile, the injured were identified as Uday Thakur, 24, and Umesh Ram, 18. Some reports claimed four people were injured.
Chandra said the situation is now back to normal and that "our local commanders immediately got in touch with our Nepalese counterparts APF". Inspector General (IG) of the SSB's Patna Frontier, Sanjay Kumar, also indicated the same. Senior officials of the police, local administration, and SSB are present at the spot, which comes between Jankinagar of Sitamarhi district and Sarlahi in Nepal.