Kathmandu: Nepal has beefed up security along its porous border with India to check criminal activities and clamp down on smuggling.
The Armed Police Force (APF) has established a new border security office (BSO) on the Indo-Nepal border in the industrial district of Biratnagar in the south-eastern part of the Himalayan nation.
The office was inaugurated on 30 May and has been set up with the specific objective of safeguarding the rights of the people and controlling different kinds of criminal activities in the area”.
Thakur Mohan Shrestha, Nepal’s Armed Police Force (APF) DIG at the divisional headquarters, said that the BSO in all five districts of eastern Terai region bordering India would be established by end May.
Nepal has already decided to establish BSOs in 16 districts of the Terai region to guard the border as also to control crime and trans-border smuggling. The government plans to establish BSOs at Chandragadhi of Jhapa district, Budhnagar of Morang, Inaruwa of Sunsari, Itahari-Bisanpur of Saptari and at Gaurishankar Rice Mill in Siraha. The division headquarters has already established one security post each in 38 of the 49 constituencies in the eastern region.
Nepal’s top watchdog, the Commission of Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), had directed the authorities to beef up security along the border with India to check smuggling, particularly the increasing incidence of red sandalwood from India to China.
The authorities have seized over 80 tonnes of red sandalwood meant for the Chinese markets in the last few months. Red sandalwood in China is used in traditional medicines and is believed to cure many diseases.