Indian farmer shot to death by Nepalese police | India News
The farmer’s body, who was shot, has yet to be handed over by Nepal, where an autopsy will be carried out.
It was around 7 pm on Thursday when four men: Govinda Singh, 26; Gurmej Singh, 30 years old; Resham Singh, 22, and Pappu Singh, 26, were in the sugar cane fields of the village of Bhoomi Dan along the India-Nepal border in UP’s Pilibhit. “They were planting the fresh crop when the policemen on the other side started shooting at them. They ran for their lives, ”said Govinda’s father, Gurdev Singh. “Between border pillars 38 and 39, in no man’s land, my son was shot dead.”
They also shot Gurmej. He has been admitted to King George’s Medical College in Lucknow in critical condition with injuries to his abdomen and right leg. “They were well within Indian territory,” said his father, Kashmir Singh. The other two, Resham and Pappu, were not injured and are being questioned by the police.
The Nepalese police, however, had a different narrative. “Nepalese police officers told us that the four indigenous people were carrying drugs. When they were intercepted, they opened fire first, about 200 meters into Nepalese territory, and shot them in retaliation and in self-defense, ”said Pilibhit SP Jai Prakash Yadav.
When asked if any drugs were seized, Yadav said that his Nepalese counterpart would send him a report on this later. “I have no information on this at this time.”
Yadav was among the officials, including ADG (Bareilly area) Avinash Chandar, Pilibhit Pulkit Khare District Magistrate, 49th SSB Battalion, and Intelligence Office officials who held an emergency meeting with Nepalese officials at the SSB border post in Kamalapuri on Friday afternoon. Part of the Nepalese delegation consisted of Kanchanpur District Magistrate Ram Prakash, SP Uma Prasad Chaturvedi and the Commander of the Nepal Armed Police Force, Virendra Kumar.
“The talks were conducted in a cordial atmosphere … Nepalese officials have assured us that action will be taken only after a fair investigation … To ensure that such incidents are not repeated, some modalities have been set. A WhatsApp group for officials has been created. SSB, Nepal Armed Police Force, UP Police, Nepal Police, forest officials from both sides and DM delegates will begin joint foot patrols, ”said ADG Chandar.
“Following a proposal from us, Nepal may send a joint team of its officials and citizens to India to answer questions that Indian locals, families of the deceased and injured, and Indian officials may have.”
In Bhoomi Dan, along the border, an armed police company and forces from five police stations have been deployed.
This comes nine months after another Indian national was shot and killed near the Nepalese border in Bihar’s Sitamarhi. At that point, as at Pilibhit, there are no fences along the border. SSB had said at the time that the shooting had occurred “deep in Nepalese territory.” Sitamarhi’s SP had added that the case was a “consequence of local problems”.