Indo Nepal HS level talks focus border security during Nepal polls

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New Delhi, Sep 25 (UNI) India and Nepal are deliberating security issues in view of the coming Constituent Assembly Elections in Nepal at the two-day Home Secretary-level talks which began in Kathmandu today.

Issues relating to MLAT, extradition treaty, illegal activities across the border, sharing of intelligence, encroachments in no man's land, security of joint ventures in Nepal and smuggling of fake Indian currency from Nepal are also being discussed, Home Ministry sources said here today.

Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta is leading a high level Indian delegation for the talks which also include Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal.

The talks are crucial in view of the coming Constitution Assembly polls in Nepal which Maoists have threatened to disrupt following their withdrawal from the government. Apprehending increase in violence and cross border movement of people following this development, India has already stepped up security along the border.

Five bordering states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim and West Bengal have been alerted "to check the flow of arms and the movement of unwanted elements in the run-up to Constituent Assembly elections.'' Earlier, Foreign Secretary Shiv Shanker Menon had visited Kathmandu on September 15-16 and met various political leaders, including Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, former prime minister and Rastriya Jansakti Party leader Surya Bahadur Thapa, CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal and RPP president Pashupati SJB Rana.

The foreign and home secretary-level would discuss the details of the security arrangements along the border.

Sashastra Suraksha Bal (SSB) is also planning to increase the number of posts from 133 to about 200 before the polls along the border.

Meanwhile, efforts were being made to set up "Seema Suraksha Prahari (SSP)" in Nepal with the help from Indian authorities, which will be deployed "to check violence in the Terai region that borders several Indian states.

UNI

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