DEHRADUN: In the second such incident in a month, locals in Nepal’s Darchula area pelted stones at Indian labourers building a security wall near an embankment on the Kali river in Pithoragarh‘s Dharchula area on Monday. They also raised anti-India slogans and carried out a procession led by local leaders of the communist party faction belonging to Netra Bikram Chand Biplav, considered an extremist.
On December 4, a worker involved in construction work of the wall was injured after a group of Nepalese citizens pelted stones on the Indian side in protest against the construction of the retaining wall fearing that the Kali river will divert towards Nepal after the wall is made, leading to erosion of their areas. Similar incidents had occurred earlier in March and April this year.
An SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) officer at the border told TOI, “Monday’s incident occurred during a procession, taken out by Biplav’s supporters, in which they raised anti-India slogans like ‘Limpiyadhura, Kalapani, Lipulekh belong to us’. The authorities of both sides are holding talks to solve the issue amicably but it seems there is a group of political leaders who are instigating the public against India for their vested interests.”
The officer also claimed that “these leaders have some sort of support from the Nepal police, who were present during the procession.”
SSB commandant (Darchula) Mahendra Pratap Singh said, “A formal protest was lodged with our counterpart in Nepal, Armed Police Force. No labourers working on the Indian side were injured this time.”

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