Nepal-India border security to be enhanced
(27 March 2014)
It is reported that officials from Nepal and India have agreed to intensify vigilance along the 1,850km (1150 mile) border in view of Indian parliamentary elections that will be held in India in April and May 2014. The two states have signed an eight-point agreement to enhance border security to ensure a peaceful time during the upcoming elections.
Nepali officials have stated that the two sides have agreed to ensure stricter enforcement across various entry points, including enhanced checking of vehicles to curtail drug smuggling and human trafficking.
Senior Superintendent of the Nepali police Rabindra Sharma stated, “We have agreed to curb human trafficking, and activities of armed outfits active in bordering areas, among others. And we have also decided to share real-time information in this respect to enable immediate action”. The border, which allows unhindered cross-border movement to citizens from both states, is considered vulnerable in terms of security, smuggling, and presence of anti-social elements.
“Security to be beefed up along border”, Gulf Times, 25th March 2014. http://www.gulf-times.com/nepal/250/details/385921/security-to-be-beefed-up-along-border