1 Indian farmer dead, 2 injured in firing by Nepal police near India-Nepal border

One Indian was killed and two others were injured after Nepal police fired indiscriminately at them on the border near Sitamarhi district of Bihar on Friday, senior security officials said.

The firing, took place after a clash between Indians and Nepal police personnel at the Lalbandi-Janki Nagar border in Pipra Parsain panchayat under Sonebarsha police station of the district, revealed sources.

The deceased had been identified as Dikesh Kumar (25). Among those injured were Umesh Ram, who was shot on his right arm, and Uday Thakur, who was shot on right thigh. The injured were being treated at Sitamarhi Sadar Hospital, they added.

At present, both the Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) and the local police of Lalbandi were positioned at the border while the Nepal army was camping on Narayanpur border, the officials said.

According to reports, even on May 17, Nepal police had fired blank rounds to disperse dozens of Indians trying to cross the border. It was not clear if they were farmers.

Nepal shares a 1,850-km open border with India and people travel across it for work and to visit family. It had closed its international borders on March 22 amid the coronavirus pandemic.