Susta region at Indo-Nepal border becomes a haven for criminal activities

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Susta (Nepal)/Gorakhpur (UP), Aug 24 (ANI): The disputed region of Susta Indo-Nepal border has become a safe haven for criminals who are a threat to wildlife as they indulge in activities like poaching, and smuggling of timber and cane.

Criminals in the adjoining Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are now residing in Susta.either the governments of India nor Nepal are acting against these criminals.

"Through news medium you must have seen forest animals are being hunted. Apart from this there are many criminal acts which we don't have proof about but are taking place," said Harsh Kumar Sinha, Professor, Department of Defense Studies, Gorakhpur University.

The criminals also indulge in poaching of tigers and cutting of trees in the adjoining Valmiki tiger reserve of Valmiki Nagar in Bihar.

Both Nepal and India accuse each other of land encroachment.

The dispute over the 14, 000 hectares of land of Triveni-Susta - of Nepal's Nawalparasi district and Valmiki Nagar owes its origin to Gandak River changing its course recently. (ANI)

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