Not sure of identity of police firing victim, says Nepal envoy

New Delhi, Nov. 2 (ANI): Speaking over the killing of an Indian student in the Nepal Police firing, Nepal Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay on Monday said it was a very sad incident, adding that he came to know about it from the media.

He, however, said he was not confirmed about the identity of the victim. “Even now, I am not confirmed about the identity of the boy [who was killed]. It will be confirmed by our government, and only then I will be able to speak about it,” he added.

The incident took place in Parsa District near No Man’s Land on the Indo-Nepal border, in which the boy was killed and nearly 35 security forces were injured, he said.

“The police were trying to remove protesters in an effort to give passage to over 320 Indian trucks stranded in Nepal for a few days. Our primary concern is to send back the stranded trucks to India, and that’s why the incident happened,” said Upadhyay, adding that the officers concerned were looking into the occurrence.

“This is a bilateral issue between India and Nepal. We need to consult each other politically and diplomatically as well,” said Upadhyay.

He, however, added that a peace dialogue between agitating political parties and the Nepal Government was going on to end the crisis situation.

Earlier, Upadhyay called upon the Ministry of External Affairs in the wake of the killing of an Indian citizen in the Police firing.

Ministry of External Affairs Official Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said India is deeply concerned at reports of firing in Birgunj, as issues facing Nepal are political in nature and cannot be resolved by force.

Swarup said, “Causes underlying the present state of confrontation need to be addressed by the Government of Nepal credibly and effectively.”

“Indian freight forwarders and transporters have voiced their worries again today (Monday) about the deteriorating situation across the border. We are advising them to exercise caution and not put themselves in danger. We are monitoring the situation carefully’,” he added. (ANI)

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