DODHARA CHANDANI, Sept 28: Gaddachauki, a transit point along the Nepal-India border in Kanchanpur, lately has been reporting a large arrival of Nepalis from India for Dashain festival celebrations.
Over 10,000 people entered Nepal via the Gaddachauki point in the past week. According to the District Police Office, Kanchanpur, over 1,000 Nepalis are returning home each day from India for Dashain.
Office Chief Shyam Singh Chaudhary said with the transit point becoming overcrowded by the India-returnees, security has been beefed-up.
Trained dogs have been mobilized along the border area to prevent any untoward incidents and for the security of travelers.
Ram Bahadur Bhandari of Lamki Chuha who returned home from India’s Himachal Pradesh said he has been there for over a decade and makes his way to home each Dashain.
As he said, his visit to his home is just for the festival celebration and he will be back to his work station after Tihar. Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bangalore, Shimla, Himachal and Haridwar are among those preferred labor destinations of the people from the far-western Nepal.
The District Police Office, Kanchanpur, said it is concerned about the risk of various infectious diseases with the large entry of people from India and tests for coronavirus, dengue and malaria and the vaccinations for COVID-19 are available along the border point.