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Bihar: Man injured after Nepal Police opens fire along border

Patna: A man was injured after the Nepal Armed Police Force (NAPF) shot at three Indian citizens in the ‘no man’s land’ on the India-Nepal border in Bihar’s Kishanganj district on Saturday night. The injured man was rushed to a hospital and is said to be critical.

The injured man has been identified as 25-year-old Jitendra Kumar and had gone to find his cattle at the Tola Mafi village situated on the India-Nepal border, along with his two friends Ankit Kumar Singh and Gulshan Kumar Singh, at around 7:30 pm on Saturday.

Second incident reported from India-Nepal border

This is the second such incident to have been reported from the India-Nepal border in recent times. Last month, the Nepal Armed Police Force, responsible for border security, had opened on a group during a clash at a border point near Sitamarhi in Bihar, killing one Indian and injuring two others.

Entering the ‘no man’s land’ is prohibited during the lockdown, he said, adding the Nepalese force opened following an altercation. The Nepalese personnel fired four rounds.

The incidents have occurred in the midst of a raging boundary row between the two countries, with India sternly asking Nepal not to resort to any “artificial enlargement” of its territorial claims after Kathmandu recently released a new political map laying claim over Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura.

New maintains that these are part of Uttarakhand, while Kathmandu, in its recent map, has shown them as part of Western Nepal.

India had published its new map of the border region in November, after it divided and Kashmir and Ladakh into two union territories. The map had incorporated these areas of Uttarakhand, the territories disputed with Nepal, within India’s borders.

Senior police officers of Nepal and Bihar and the Sashastra Seema Bal had, however, stuck to calling it a local incident, and maintained that it had nothing to do with the border row between and Kathmandu over territorial claims to Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura in Uttarakhand.

The SSBs 12th Battalion Commandant Lalit Kumar said that Nepal Armed Police Force opened on the suspicion that they were cattle smugglers.

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