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Security personnel injured in Rautahat border clash

Around 200 Indian nationals attacked the security personnel and attempted to snatch away weapons after the Armed Police Force personnel stopped two Indian women from entering Nepal.


The Armed Police Force personnel deployed at Nepal-India border in Narkatiya, Rautahat, were attacked by the people from East Champaran, India, on Friday evening.

APF Superintendent Rabinraj Karnajit said the border security personnel were attacked by nearly 200 people who had come from across the border for stopping two Indian women from crossing the border earlier in the day. 

“Head Constable Lila Bahadur Thapa sustained injuries in his arms after he was assaulted with a sickle. The crowd also tried to snatch the weapons from the security personnel, who had to fire a warning shot to keep away the advancing mob,” Karnajit said.

The border area in Narkatiya remained tense for a few hours after the incident, as the APF personnel had detained one Rabindra Prasad Kuswaha for his involvement in the attack. 

Kuswaha was later handed over to the Indian border security force, Sashastra Seema Bal.
Earlier on July 18, a group of around 50 Indian nationals had also attacked a security post in Phattepur, Jhapa. Two security personnel were injured in the incident. Before that in May, a group of Indian nationals had attacked the border security personnel in Kabahigoth, Bara.

Public movement along minor border crossings between Nepal-India have been restricted in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

The APF and Nepal Police personnel had recently strengthened security along the Nepal-India border after reports that people were sneaking into Nepal using minor border crossings.

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