BARA, Jan 13: A newly constructed building of Armed Police Force (APF) border outpost was inaugurated at the Jhitkaiya area in Bara district along the Nepal-India border.
Amid a function, Chief District Officer of Bara Farindramani Pokharel and chief of Armed Police Force Province 2 Raju Aryal jointly inaugurated the border outpost. Nepal's Bara shares a 62-kilometer-long border with India.
With the inaugural of the new APF border outpost, the number of border outposts in Bara district has reached 7.
CDO Pokharel believed that the new border outpost will help control cross-border crimes, smuggling of goods and human trafficking.
"The border outpost is also expected to be helpful to control encroachment upon Nepali territories," Pokharel told Republica Online.
DIG Aryal, who is also the chief of APF Province 2, expressed hope that the border outpost will help maintain border security along the Nepal-India border.
"APF is mandated to control illicit activities at the no man's land, curb cross-border crime, guard border pillars and provide robust security to the Nepali people living along the Nepal-India border. We hope the new border outpost will be instrumental in achieving the aforementioned goals," Aryal added.
The border outposts are established to look into the management and protection of borders and their observation for 24 hours, according to APF.
Currently, the APF has been deployed in border protection tasks in 21 districts in the Terai region with 20 battalion offices and one company office in the eastern Nawalparasi district, according to APF headquarters.
APF authorities say that the strength of one battalion in the APF has now upgraded up to 621 forces after the Border Security Offices of APF manpower was merged into the Battalions.