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Nepal to beef up security along India border

Nepal is set to beef up security along the border to check movement of criminals and clampdown on smuggling.

world Updated: Apr 20, 2007 08:25 IST

Nepal is set to beef up security along the border with India to check the movement of criminals and clampdown on smuggling in the porous region.

"Necessary preparations are already underway and Armed Police Force (APF) personnel for the posts have already been sought," APF's Deputy Inspector General Thakur Mohan Shrestha said at Pakali in Sunsari district on Wednesday.

He said security units of APF are to be deployed along the Nepal-India border of five eastern districts within the second week of June in order to curb criminal activities and to maintain security.

The decision to beef up security along the international border comes as Nepal's top watchdog, the Commission of Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), has directed the authorities to clampdown on smuggling of red sandalwood from India to China via Nepal.

Nearly seven tonnes of red sandalwood valued at Rs 2 crore was seized at Shimle in Nepal's Sindupalchowk district while being smuggled to China via Tatopani border.

A week back, the police had seized 11 tonnes of red sandalwood from Naubise in Kathmandu.

Shrestha said a separate border security team of 235 APF personnel under the command of a Superintendent of Police would be deployed for the purpose.

He was quoted as saying by the Kantipur Online that the government had selected locations at Chandragadhi-2 of Jhapa, Budhanagar-1 of Morang, Inaruwa-6 of Sunsari, Kocharbarbari-7 of Saptari and Sanhaitha-1 of Siraha district to establish the posts on the international border.

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