Indian Workers Attacked While Building River Wall Near Nepal Border


Indian workers were attacked while building a river wall near the Nepalese border

They attacked Indian construction workers. (representation)

Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand:

The windshields of four trucks were damaged in Dharchula, a border town, and their drivers had to jump into the Kali River to save themselves after they were attacked with stones from Nepal, officials said on Saturday.

“Indian workers were again attacked by the Nepalese side on Friday,” said Farhan Ahmad of the SDO irrigation department.

The attack was one of several launched across the border in recent days against Indian workers building a security wall along the Kali River, the official said on Saturday.

The stone pelting broke the windshields of two dumpers and two dump trucks, which were catapulted, he said.

A security wall is being built at Dharchula across the Kali river that runs between the two countries.

Some elements in Nepal are against its construction and have been pelting stones at Indian workers to disrupt work at the site.

“It will be difficult to continue working if the administration does not stop such incidents,” said Mr. Ahmad.

Dharchula SDM Divesh Shashni said that the District Magistrate has been informed about the incident.

Indian officials will take up the matter with their Nepalese counterparts if such incidents occur in future.

Residents of Dharchula said there was no opposition from India when Nepal was building a protective wall on its side, but hostile Nepali elements stopped the work for the 11th time till Friday.

“Our patience is being tested. If such incidents continue, we will have to force the Kali border bridge to be closed to prevent Nepali nationals from entering India,” said Prema Kutiyal, councilor of Dharchula Nagar Palika.

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