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Mystery continues over Nepal arms deal

india Updated: Sep 01, 2006 20:37 IST
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Mystery continues over an arms deal purportedly struck by Nepal for supply of Israeli-made weapons with the Koirala Government saying it was not aware of who was behind it.

Government officials here said they were unaware of who reached the arms deal which included rifles, ammunition and anti-aircraft missiles as part of a 5.1 tonne consignment flown by an aircraft destined for Nepal from Ukrain via India, according to a report in 'The Himalayan Times'.

The aircraft was stopped in Ahmedabad after India declined to give permission to it to fly through its airspace.

The newspaper quoted officials to say that New Delhi had approached the Nepal government, which maintained that it did not need the weapons ordered.

"We do not know anything about that consignment," Prime Minister GP Koirala's Foreign Affairs Advisor Suresh Chalise said, adding an inquiry is on to find out who had struck the deal.

A senior army official said he had no knowledge about the consignment.

Officials said that the order might have been placed by the previous royal government led King Gyanendra. "The deal might have got the go ahead signal during the previous regime from the top", the report said.

The plane was forced to land at Ahmedabad airport after the Nepal government told New Delhi on August 26, that it knew nothing about such a consignment.