Nepali fact-finding mission to investigate claims of Indian encroachment
(11 June 2009)After complaints of Indian security forces harassing Nepali border villages, the Nepali Constituent Assembly decided on 7 June 2009 to send a fact-finding mission to the Dang region and investigate. According to the Nepali press, people living in the Dang district along the Nepali-Indian border have been harassed by the Indian security forces and as many as 2,000 people may have been displaced. Villagers complain that new boundary demarcation should take place as soon as possible. They argue that the existing boundary pillars are located inside Nepali villages where people hold Nepali citizenship and land registration. It is hoped that any new demarcation, would secure Nepali territory from potential future Indian claims.
While preliminary reports and statements from Indian authorities deny that any encroachment of land or harassment of villagers at the hands of Indian forces has ever occurred, 20 members of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly will soon visit the Dang district to verify whether the reported situation is a matter of concern for Nepal. The mission will also decide if re-demarcation of the common border with India should take place.
Sources: ‘Dang folks want scientific border demarcation’ The Kathmandu Post, 6 June 2009; ‘Nepalese villagers say displaced by Indian border force’ BBC Monitoring South Asia, 2 June 2009; ‘Border encroachment: government, parties dare little, care less’ The Kathmandu Post, 4 June 2009; ‘Nepal government says no evidence of encroachment by Indian forces’ The Press Trust of India Limited, 6 June 2009; ‘Nepali CA to send team to check border areas with India’ Zhang Jianhua, 7 June 2009; ‘Nepali lawmakers to visit Dang’ The Hindu, 8 June 2009.