India on Wednesday refuted reports that four Nepali nationals sustained injuries when Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel fired at them at the Indo-Nepal border on Wednesday morning.
Issuing a statement, the Indian embassy in Kathmandu claimed that SSB personnel had fired in the air in self defence and no Nepali national was injured in the incident.
“At 05:20 hours on November 25, a patrol team of SSB came across a few smugglers inside the Indian territory, across the Sunsari district of Nepal,” said the statement.
It adds that when the patrol team challenged the smugglers, the latter and their accomplices attacked the patrol team and injured one constable.
The smugglers dispersed after a SSB personnel fired in the air in self defence.
“The incident took place inside Indian territory and no Nepali citizen was injured,” it added.
The statement read that India will continue to facilitate supplies to Nepal, but in doing so SSB will maintain order and security at the Indo-Nepal border.
Media reports in Kathmandu have claimed that four Nepali citizens were injured in an altercation with SSB personnel. Some also said the incident took place inside Nepali territory.
The reports were corroborated by senior administration and police officials of Sunsari. They have even named the injured, one of whom is stated to be critical. All are reportedly admitted at a hospital in Dharan.
There has been a spurt in incidents of smuggling of essential goods, especially petroleum products from India to Nepal due to the blockade of key border points by Madhesi protesters for the past two months.