March 14, 2017 8:36:30 pm
Amnesty International on Tuesday sought an independent probe into the case of death of a Nepali national in alleged firing by Sashastra Seema Bal, a charge strongly denied by India. “Indian authorities should ensure a credible and independent civilian investigation into whether SSB personnel used unnecessary or excessive force.
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“Where there is sufficient admissible evidence, suspects should be prosecuted in a civilian court,” Executive Director at Amnesty International India, Aakar Patel said in a statement. The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu on March 9, however, had said that there was no incident of firing by the SSB, India’s border-guarding force.
Govinda Gautam, of Kanchanpur district, was killed in alleged firing from the Indian side at Nepal-India border following a dispute over building a culvert over the Sano Khola river in Kanchanpur district, Kantipur Television had reported.
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Reacting to some media reports regarding disturbances near the border at Aananda Bazaar in Kanchanpur district, India on March 10 had “categorically denied” that its border-guarding force had killed a Nepali man at the Nepal-India border and said there is a need to maintain calm.
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