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Red alert sounds at India Nepal Border

The state government has also taken steps to prevent the Nepali Maoists from hiding their weapon in India, reports Ramashankar.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2007 00:02 IST

In view of the continuing agitation by the Madhesis in the Terai region of Nepal, a red alert has been sounded in all districts located on the Indian side of the border.

The State police headquarters has asked police chiefs of all these districts to intensify patrolling and be ready to tackle any spillover that may occur into Indian territory of the violence that is taking place in Nepal.

The Madhesi agitation has already claimed 15 lives in Nepal during the past two weeks (3 in Kalaya, 5 in Lahan, 1 in Birganj, 3 in Viratnagar and 3 in Inarwa).

State Home secretary Afzal Amanullah said that all police stations along the border with Nepal have been strengthened.

Reinforcements have been rushed and pamphlets have been distributed among people advising them not to violate the sanctity of the international border.

In Motihari, on receiving the above-mentioned directive from the State police headquarters, Superintendent of Police (SP) Amrit Raj issued orders to all police stations on the border to intensify patrolling and take the help of SSB jawans wherever needed.

Reports from Raxaul said that a large Madhesi mob raided a government warehouse at neighbouring Birganj in Nepal and looted all the rice that was stored there. The administration of Parsa district responded by clamping a dawn-to-dusk curfew in Birganj.

The state government has also taken steps to prevent the Nepali Maoists from hiding their weapon in India. It is feared by intelligence agencies that the Maoists were likely to hide their weapons in villages falling under Laukaha, Laukahi, Ghoghardiha, and Ladania and Madhawapur police station areas.

In the eastern district of Araria, day-to-day life has come to standstill along the 90-km-stretch of the Indo-Nepal border.

Prior to the agitation, residents of these areas used to cross over to the Nepal side to buy and sell things of daily use.

Ever since curfew was imposed on Nepal areas such as Biratnagar, Rangeli, Damnichak, Kadmaha, Ithari and Ratilahi, people living on the Indian side are unable to cross over the border to sell their goods especially salt, which is in demand in Nepal.

People are also finding it difficult to hold talks with the Nepalese on the other side to settle various important matters, including marriages.

(With inputs from Raxaul, Madhubani and Araria)

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