In election season,Indo-Nepal border sealed

The Indian and the Nepal governments have decided to seal the Indo-Nepal border for three days-April 16,23 and 30-in view of the Lok Sabha elections.

Written by ARSHAD AFZAL KHAN | Faizabad | Published: March 28, 2009 5:12 am

The Indian and the Nepal governments have decided to seal the Indo-Nepal border for three days — April 16,23 and 30 — in view of the Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier this week,officials from both the sides had participated in a meeting held at Rupediah station in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Gorakhpur,Basti and Devipatan divisions of eastern UP will go to polls on April 16,23 and 30.

These areas include around a dozen parliamentary constituencies which share their boundaries with Nepal.

During the meeting,the officials have also decided to set up a joint panel of police officers and patrolling teams to check infiltration ahead of the elections.

They will also adopt measures to control smuggling of arms,drugs,fake currencies,liquor during elections.

State Chief Electoral Officer Anuj Kumar Vishnoi,who had visited the Devipatan division headquarter earlier this week,said the step had been taken to ensure that no untoward incident occurs during the elections.

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB),the paramilitary force manning the Indo-Nepal border will deploy another 20 batallions along the 200 km-border stretch,said R Naik,an assistant commandant of SSB.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Devipatan Range) Anand Swarup said: “This time,we have asked for high frequency satellite phones and armored motorboats for patrolling the rivers.”

Ganesh Bahadur Khatri,the Chief District Officer of Nepal’s Banke district,said: “The Nepalese interior department has issued orders to seal the border to ensure free and fair polls in India.”

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