Nepal on Thursday expressed grave concern over an alleged instance of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel firing on its nationals and asked India to investigate the incident.
India has acknowledged that a skirmish with smugglers occurred on the Indian side of the border early on Wednesday morning.
A statement from Nepal’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that the “entry” of SSB personnel into Nepali territory and “use of firearms” against Nepali citizens had been brought to the notice of the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.
According to the statement, the incident occurred 100 metres inside Nepal at Haripur village of Sunsari district. It further said four Nepalis were injured when SSB personnel “fired” at them after a dispute.
“While urging the Indian authorities to check such actions in future, the ministry has requested for an early investigation into the incident and strong action against those involved,” the statement said.
The Indian Embassy had said in a statement on Wednesday that the 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,” the statement said.
When the patrol team challenged the smugglers, they and their accomplices attacked the team and injured a constable, the statement added.
During the scuffle, an SSB personnel fired in the air in self-defence, after which the smugglers dispersed.
“The incident took place inside Indian territory and no Nepali citizen was injured,” the statement said.