Nepal has last month sent a diplomatic note to the Indian government regarding the disappearance of a Nepalese man in the Mahakali river and allegations of an Indian helicopter flying over Nepalese airspace, allegedly in the presence of the Indian paramilitary force SSB.
Jai Singh Dhami, 30, a resident of Beas Municipality in Dharchula district, bordering India, had fallen into the Mahakali river on July 30. This river flows along the western border of Nepal with India. Dhami was trying to cross the river with the help of a rope. Nepali media reports alleged that he fell into the river and went missing as Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawans had allegedly cut a rope from the other side of the river.
The inquiry committee set up by Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs said that India’s force SSB was present during the incident. An official of the Ministry of External Affairs here said on the condition of anonymity, “The Foreign Ministry of Nepal sent a diplomatic note to the Government of India through the Embassy of India, Kathmandu regarding the matter.”
Both the ruling party leaders and the opposition have raised the issue. Ultimately the Sher Bahadur Deuba government had to take a decision to send diplomatic notes. Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs said that the matter related to an Indian Air Force helicopter allegedly flying over Nepal’s airspace has also been raised in the letter.
The Ministry of External Affairs wrote a diplomatic note to India on the basis of a letter received from the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding the report of the Government Inquiry Committee into the disappearance of the Nepalese man. The inquiry committee has recommended that the issue be taken up with the Government of India through diplomatic channels and action should be taken against the culprits as well as compensation be provided to the victim’s family.