House team denied entry
The Indian Embassy on Sunday prohibited the team of Foreign Relations and Human Rights Committee of the Legislature-Parliament from going to Sandakpur while the team was heading toward Phyalot of Panchthar district via Sandakpur to inspect the encroached land in the Nepali territory.
In order to go to Panchthar, one has to use Indian land via Sandakpur. "Saying that it cannot provide security to the team members during the visit, the embassy denied us permission to go there," said Padma Lal Bishwokarma. The team arrived here on Saturday to inspect the border areas in the eastern part of the country following media reports of land encroachment at various points by Indian side.
A team of Foreign Relations and Human Rights Committee at the Legislature-Parliament, which began field study on encroached land in various bordering areas of the eastern districts on Saturday, reached the conclusion that the Indian side has encroached Nepali land at different points on various pretexts.
The team led by committee Chairman Padma Lal Bishwokarma said on Sunday that land in Manebhanjyang, Pulkhola, Simana, Phatak, Hile, Chhabbise and Guphapatal have been encroached.
“It's an issue of grave concern as the land being cultivated by Nepalis for years have now become parts of Indian territory,” said Bishwokarma, adding that the recently prepared map of border areas cannot be regarded as reliable for the demarcation between the two countries.
The team, which held inter-actions with locals, administration, human rights activists and police, came to such a conclusion after inspecting the encroached land in the areas.
“We will submit the report of our field study as soon as possible to exert pressure on the government to find amicable solution of the problems,” he added.
According to team members, security personnel of Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) -- an Indian paramilitary force deployed along Nepal-India border -- has also set up its camp inside Nepali territory in Pulkhola of Pashupatinagar.
The SSB has set up another camp at Hile of the district- in the no-man's-land area- the delegation said.
At Guphapatal, SSB force had set up its camp near a border pillar which they had removed despite protests by locals. A house and a school have also been built in the no-man's-land in Chhabbise area by the Indians.
“In most of the areas we inspected, it was found that chunks of land have been encroached upon by the Indian side,” said Kamala Thapa, a team member.