Nepalis, Indians clash as structure erected at no-man's land

Published On: July 28, 2016 10:30 PM NPT By: Jitendra Kumar Jha

TILATHI (Saptari), July 28: At least six Nepalis were injured in a clash between Nepali and Indian villagers on the no man's land at Tilathi of Saptari after the Indian side attempted to divert the flow of the Khando River Thursday.

The clash ensued after local youths demolished the diversion structure that was being constructed unilaterally by the Indian side at the no-man's land causing inundation in the Nepal side.

The diversion was built to change the natural flow of the Khado River causing inundation in several villages including Tilathi, Rampura Malhaniya, Sakarpura, Koiladi and Launiya in Saptari.

Dev Narayan Yadav of Tilathi-4 sustained deep head injuries during the attack. Harshabardhan Karna of Tilathi-1 and Raushan Jha of Tilathi-6 were also seriously hurt during the scuffle. They are receiving treatment at a local hospital.

Officials said that the clash took place as the Indian side built the construction violating the agreement recently reached between local authorities from both the countries.
Chief District Office of Saptari Baldev Gautam said that it was only last Monday that both the sides had agreed not to built such structures without first clearing ways for natural flow of the Khado River.

“The incident wouldn't have taken place had they [Indian side] worked as per the agreement reached with us,” said CDO Gautam. “The unfortunate incident took place partly because of lack of proper coordination and because of their haste to carry the construction.”

With construction of a dam underway, nearly half a dozen VDCs are at the risk of inundation. Village Development Committees (VDCs) including Tilathi, Sakarpura, Rampura, Malhaniya were inundated after the Khando River entered into the southern part of the district. The river had also caused damage to the controversial Indian dam constructed near the no-man's land.

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