Black flags shown to Menon in Nepal, four arrestedJune 20th, 2009 - 2:43 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, June 20 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, on a two-day visit to Nepal Saturday to give fresh impetus to the obstructed peace process and foster better ties with the new government, faced protests at the Kathmandu airport on his arrival by youths alleging India had occupied Nepal’s territory.
Nepal police said about seven to eight young men, seemingly students, tried to show the visiting envoy black flags as he alighted at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
However, police broke up the protest and arrested four of the protesters.
“It’s a non-political protest,” the Gaushala police station in-charge told IANS. “The youths said they were part of the Susta Bachao Abhiyan. We are looking into the matter.”
For years, Nepalis have been alleging Indian encroachment in Susta, a village in Nawalparasi district on the Indo-Nepal border.
Locals, who say they have been displaced, have formed a committee to begin a campaign to claim the village back.
The committee recently came to Kathmandu to submit a memorandum to the new Prime Minister, Madhav Kumar Nepal.
The Indian government says all border disputes between the two neighbours have been resolved except for Susta and Kalapani, another disputed area on the Indo-Nepal-China border.
However, on the eve of Menon’s visit, there were a series of reports in the Nepali media, alleging further encroachment and violence by India’s border guards - the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) - in other districts.
Though the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu denied the allegations, two teams of lawmakers and politicians who went to visit some of the disputed sites have since then submitted their reports, claiming the allegations were true.
There is speculation that the border disputes will also figure during the talks between the visiting envoy and Nepal’s prime minister and other ministers.
While the prime minister himself has been taking a conciliatory tone, the chief of his own party has asked for Nepal’s sovereignty to be protected.
Jhalanath Khanal, chief of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), has said that his party would give priority to maintaining the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- India, Nepal agree to fast-track cooperation amid protests (Lead) - Jun 20, 2009
- Nepal Maoists begin anti-India campaign - Jan 11, 2010
- India's border conflict with Nepal now on silver screen - Jan 04, 2010
- India's border war with Nepal to hit silver screen (Lead) - Jan 04, 2010
- Ahead of Krishna's visit, Maoists to begin anti-India protests - Jan 05, 2010
- Nepal lawmakers check border for Indian intrusion - Jan 31, 2009
- India faces twin Maoist problem in Nepal - Feb 05, 2010
- Nepal's border battle film stokes anti-India sentiments (WIth Image) - May 11, 2011
- Chinese premier meets Nepal president, PM (Lead) - Jan 14, 2012
- Krishna leaves for Nepal Friday, 5 pacts on the way (Lead) - Jan 14, 2010
- US intelligence at odds over Nepal as terror hub - Sep 07, 2011
- India-Nepal border demarcated 98 percent: Pranab (Lead) - Nov 25, 2008
- Nepal in grip of anti-India frenzy - Jun 04, 2009
- Chairman Mao's Long March hits a high note in Nepal - Aug 22, 2010
- Menon to arrive in Nepal for talks with Maoist government - Feb 16, 2009
Tags: border disputes, border guards, conciliatory tone, encroachment, impetus, indian embassy, indian government, indo nepal, kathmandu airport, madhav, neighbours, nepal police, new prime minister, peace process, police station, political protest, protesters, sashastra seema bal, ssb, tribhuvan international airport