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Nepal to beef up security along India border

world Updated: May 19, 2007 16:52 IST
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Nepal is set to beef up security along its porous border with India to check criminal activities and clamp down on smuggling.

Thakur Mohan Shrestha, Nepal's Armed Police Force (APF) DIG at the divisional headquarters, said the quota for establishment of border security office (BSO) has been approved and the plan is now in its final phase.

He said BSOs in all the five districts of the eastern Terai region bordering India would be established by May 29.

Nepal has already decided to establish BSOs in 16 districts of the Terai region to guard the border, control crime and trans-border smuggling and take care of border pillars, the APF headquarters said.

The APF eastern divisional headquarters is establishing the first BSO in eastern Terai's Saptari district on May 20, The Himalayan Times online said.

The government plans to establish BSOs at Chandragadhi of Jhapa district, Budhnagar of Morang, Inaruwa of Sunsari, Itahari-Bisanpur of Saptari and at Gaurishankar Rice Mill in Siraha. The division headquarters has already established one security post each in 38 of the 49 constituencies in the eastern region.

Nepal's top watchdog, the Commission of Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), had directed the authorities to beef up security along the border with India to check smuggling, particularly the increasing incidence of red sandalwood from India to China.

The authorities have seized at least 80 tonnes of red sandalwood meant for the Chinese markets in the last few months. Red sandalwood in China is used in traditional medicines and is believed to cure many diseases.