Nepal government sends team to investigate Darchula incident along Indian border

Written By: Saloni Murarka WION Web Team
Nepal Published: Aug 02, 2021, 04:54 PM(IST)

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The home ministry has dismissed the reports of India-Nepal border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) allegedly snapping the rope of an improvised cable. 

Nepal Home Ministry on Monday sent a five-member probe panel to Darchula district to investigate the incident where a Nepalese man was washed away in Mahakali river along the Indian border. 

The panel has been asked to submit its report within ten days after carrying out onsite investigation.

For now, the home ministry has dismissed the reports of India-Nepal border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) allegedly snapping the rope of an improvised cable. 

“A five-member committee has been sent onsite to investigate the incident and after receiving the report we will see what further needs to be done. However, we have not received any reports of involvement of the Indian side in the mishap yet,” Phanindra Mani Pokharel, joint secretary of home ministry told WION. 

The probe panel includes joint-secretary of the home ministry, Janardan Gautam, deputy inspector general of Nepal police, Purushottam Kandel, investigation officer of the national investigation department, Hutraj Thapa, senior superintendent of armed police force, Suresh Kumar Shrestha and assistant chief district officer of Darchula, Jyotsana Bhatta. 

Assistant chief district officer of Darchula, Jyotsana Bhatta refused to speak to WION on the incident. 

The mishap took place on Friday when Jaya Singh Dhami, 33, who was going to his home in Khalanga, fell into the river while trying to cross it through an improvised cable carriage.

A day after the incident, the Home Ministry issued a statement, asking the media to not disseminate "misleading" information as the incident was under investigation.

The ministry spokesperson, Fanindramani Pokharel, in the statement asked all concerned "not to publish any misleading news in the matter as the incident (SSB untying the cable) has not yet been proven true”.

A team of security forces have been deployed in the incident site for fact-finding purposes, the statement said.

In a separate statement, the Assistant chief district officer of Darchula, Jyotsana Bhatta had earlier said that her office has sent a letter to the local authority concerned in India to help initiate action for finding the facts related to the incident.

Earlier, CPN (UML) issued a statement strongly condemning the ‘inhuman and cruel incident’ death of Jaya Singh Dhami and had urged the government of Nepal to inquire properly and to seek clarification from India and to provide compensation. 

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