Nepali citizen shot dead by Indian border guard
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 11-Mar-2017


Kathmandu, March 11 : In a rare incident of shooting on Indian border, the border guards killed a Nepali citizen over a local dispute, prompting anti-India protests in the area and in the national capital on Friday.

Dozens of people were protesting over a damaged culvert in Nepal's Anandabazaar near the border with India on Thursday when Indian border guards opened fire, killing a 25-year-old man, a government statement said.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman said India's border guards had opened an inquiry and had asked Nepal to provide a forensic and post mortem report on the victim.

According to reports, officials from the two countries had met and agreed to take steps to maintain calm. However, fresh protests erupted on Friday in Anandabazaar, with an even bigger group of Nepalis attacking a local government office. The bazaar is only 477 kms away from the capital city.

Another group of demonstrators tried to march on the Indian embassy in Kathmandu in protest over the shooting but were stopped by police, leading to scuffles, sources report.

Nepal's ties with India were strained towards the end of 2015 and into last year after it blamed India for tacitly supporting a months-long blockade on fuel and goods by Indian-origin plainspeople who are opposed to Nepal's constitution. India and Nepal share a 1,751-km long and open border.