As Nepal continued to obliquely blame India for its woes owing to the Madhesi agitation that has caused blockade on the Indo-Nepal border, preventing commercial trucks from entering the country, the authorities from the Himalayan nation have sought India’s help to remove the blockade.
Last week, the Nepal Armed Police had requested Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which guards the Indo-Nepal border, to remove Madhesis blockading the route of the trucks.
India, however, refused to cooperate as the Madhesi agitators were sitting in no-man’s land and were also not Indian citizens. Nepal was told that the problem was their creation and that they would have to handle it, said sources.
SSB Director General B D Sharma told The Indian Express, “A request had come from Nepal Armed Police to remove Madhesi agitators from the blockade zone, but we refused to help them. One, we have no jurisdiction in that area. Two, Madhesis are not Indian citizens. We can’t forcibly remove them. Third, it is not an issue in our country. We can’t meddle in their affairs.”
Meanwhile, Nepal has shared intelligence inputs with India that some groups are preparing to carry weapons to Nepal from Bihar in passenger vehicles to support the Madhesi agitation. “We have taken note of the input and are checking all passenger vehicles at various gates thoroughly to prevent any such happening,” said an SSB officer.
Sources, however, said the input could not be confirmed on the Indian side. “Indian intelligence agencies or the SSB’s own intelligence have no such input of their own. There is no information that any group from India is trying to stoke the Madhesi agitation. Since Nepal has requested, vehicles are being checked,” said a home ministry official.
India has maintained that even though it is not particularly pleased with the Nepal constitution, it has neither stopped any trucks from entering nor has it provided any support to the Madhesi agitation.
On an average, nearly 5,000 trucks enter Nepal everyday from 22 gates on Indo-Nepal border.