India, Nepal agree to tighten border security
This agreement took place following district-level border security coordination committee meeting at Jhulaghat, India
Stepping up cooperation in tackling trans-border crimes, combating smuggling of illegal weapons and contraband and maintaining law and order along border areas, India and Nepal on Thursday decided to tighten border security along the porous Indo-Nepal border, a report in The Himalayan Times said.
The two sides held a district-level border security coordination committee meeting at Jhulaghat of India. Both countries reached an agreement to tackle trans-border crimes.
Jhulaghat is a small town on the Indo-Nepal border named after a hanging bridge on the Kali River. One can enter Nepal through this bridge. There is a small market here that deals in Nepali goods and other electronic items.
According to Chief of Baitadi District Police Office, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Narayan Prasad Adhikari, the agreement states that both countries would work in coordination to prevent criminal activities along the border, exchange information before and after the incidents, control revenue leakage, and raise the bar of security checks in the border region, among other pertinent issues.
On Nepal’s side, DSP Adhikari, Chief of Armed Police Force (APF) Baitadi district, Ganesh Shah and representatives of the customs office participated in the meeting.
On the Indian side, Vice-commander, Border Security Force (BSF), RK Rajeshwori along with representatives of Indian Police and Customs participated in the meeting.
Although it was agreed in the meeting of the Committee held last February to convene the meeting every three months, it was held after a year owing to the coronavirus pandemic.