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India, Nepal to sign extradition treaty

india Updated: Nov 05, 2009 22:37 IST
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India and Nepal will sign an extradition treaty and are likely to formulate a border security and management strategy during the Home Secretary-level talks beginning in Kathmandu on Friday.

Besides concluding another treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance, the two-day meeting of the top security officers will deliberate on real time exchange of information on Maoists and coordination among border districts to tackle drugs and fake currency smugglers, Home Ministry sources said in New Delhi.

India will also seek Kathmandu's tough action against those carrying out anti-India activities from the soil of the Himalayan nation.

Home Secretary G K Pillai arrived in Kathmandu this evening to attend the bilateral security meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Govinda Kusum.

The Indian delegation is likely to chalk out a strategy with its eastern neighbour on issues relating to security and management of 1,751-km-long porous border.

India had expressed concern over the growing problem of circulation of fake currency notes through the border to Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal during his visit to New Delhi in August.

India and Nepal had agreed on the need for more cooperation between security forces of the two countries to jointly tackle growing criminal activities along the Nepal-India border.

The two sides will also discuss issues pertaining to establishment of a Police Academy in Panauti in the east of Kathmandu under Indian assistance and setting up of Nepal Police Training Centre in Bharatpur.

Nepal and India will also sign agreements for empowerment and capacity-building of Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, customs officials and training to the District Administrative Officers of Nepal, Indian embassy sources said in Kathmandu. Besides, Nepal is likely to seek India's help in controlling activities of various armed outfits in its troubled Terai region.

The two officials are also expected to discuss development of infrastructure along the border.

India is building two Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) at Birgunj-Raxaul and Biratnagar-Jogbani to regulate the flow of people across the border.

During his visit, the Home Secretary is likely to call on Prime Minister Nepal and Home Minister Bhim Rawal. The last Home Secretary-level talks between the two countries were held on October 31 and November 1, 2008 in New Delhi.