Nepal detains two Indian border guards, frees them hours later
In one of the rarest such incidents, Nepali security forces on Sunday detained a couple of Indian security personnel when they inadvertently entered some fifty meters inside the neighboring nation. Reports suggest that Indiaâ€™s border guards were chasing smugglers and crossed the Nepali frontier.
Reports suggest that the security officers were detained by the villagers in Nepal who handed them over to Nepali forces. Later an official of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) said that constables Roshan and Ram Prasad mistakenly entered Nepal in foggy conditions in the early morning on Sunday. The official said that they were part of a 13-member party chasing the smugglers.
Indian official sources say that both the constables were detained by the authorities in the eastern Nepali Jhapa district. Nepali media earlier reported that 13 SSB personnel were detained. Both SSB personnel were released later in the afternoon, and they had since returned to the Indian territory, the SSB official told IANS. The official said the two men were unarmed when they entered Kechana village in Jhapa district of Nepal mistakenly while chasing the smugglers.
Official said, â€œOur men were caught by the villagers and handed over to Nepal’s Armed Police Force. They were not manhandledâ€. Asked about the Nepali media report saying that 13 SSB men were detained by the APF, the official said: “It is not true. Only two constables of the 13-member patrolling team crossed the border — and they were detained.” “The 11 remaining SSB personnel later approached Nepal’s Armed Police Force to get them freed. Our men informed APF how the two SSB men crossed the border while chasing smugglers. The APF officials then freed our men,” the official told the media.
He further said that smugglers carried out their activity with impunity along the India-Nepal border. “Our men also faced a clash on Saturday evening when an SSB patrolling team seized 1,500 litres of diesel being smuggled to Nepal from India,” the official said. The English-daily Kathmandu Post reported earlier that the Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) detained 13 SSB men at Kechana in Jhapa after they entered Nepal while chasing oil smugglers.