By Siraj Khan
Nepalgunj, Apr. 30: A joint security patrol has begun in the Dashgaja area of the Nepal-India border in Banke in view of the local level election in Nepal.
At other times, security personnel from both Nepal and India have been conducting patrolling separately, but during the local election, the security forces from both the countries have agreed to conduct joint patrol to prevent any illegal activities.
According to the Area Police Office, Jamunaha, Nepali and Indian security personnel have jointly patrolled from Jamunaha Gate on the border to the West Dry Port Area and Saigaun.
According to the Chief of the Area Police Office, Jamunaha, Senior Sub-Inspector Min Bahadur Bista, joint patrolling by the security personnel from both Nepal and India will continue till May 13, the election day.
He said that the patrolling would be carried out at all places along the 65-kilometer open border of the district.
According to the Jamunaha Police Office, the decision to close the main checkpoint of Nepalgunj for 72 hours will be taken a day or two before the election day in Nepal.
Banke Police spokesperson and DSP Madhusudan Neupane said that security personnel of both the countries would conduct joint patrol at the checkpoints of the two countries till the counting of votes is completed.
DSP Neupane said that security personnel of both the countries had also conducted the joint patrols in the same manner during the election in India.
According to the District Police Office, Banke, strict measures have been taken at the checkpoint as illegal arms could enter the country due to the open border and professional criminals could enter into Nepal from India to influence the election.
As the election is less than two weeks away from now on, both the Nepali security personnel and the Indian security personnel at the border points have been allowing the traffic to cross the border only after strict security check.