Nepal to set up 100 new outposts at the Indian border 

New Delhi: Nepal is building 100 new posts at the Indian border. Amid the tensions due to the controversial map, Nepal has decided to increase the posts at the boundary alongside the Indian border. Even though Nepal has claimed that these checkpoints are getting built to counter the crimes at the border, it has set up the posts near Lipulekh pass, Kalapani territory and Limpiyadhura pass. Moreover, these are the Indian regions that Nepal has shown as their own in the controversial new map. It has emerged that Nepal is undertaking such aggressive movements as per the indication of China. At the same time, it is noticed that the posts in Uttar Pradesh that indicate the border region to be of Nepal have disappeared.   

The Home Ministry of Nepal has approved setting up 100 new checkpoints on the Indian border. India and Nepal share a 1751 km long border. These borders are open, and the responsibility to secure these borders is on India’s Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Nepal Armed Police Force (NAPF). So far, there were 121 Nepal posts on the border, but now the posts are going to be increased to 221. As for now, even though the Nepal Home Ministry has granted permission to put up 100 new posts, as per the report, Nepal has planned to build 500 posts in all.    

Moreover, this decision of Nepal to put up new posts on the border is being linked to the movements that Nepal is making as per the indications of China. The movements such as Nepal’s objection to India constructing the Kailash Mansarovar link road, followed by Nepal publishing a new map, wherein it included the Indian geographical region seems to be sparked by China. Nepal is showing such an aggressive motive only because it is backed by China. The increase in Nepal border posts and the unrestricted gunfire by the Nepal Armed Police Force in Bihar proves to be the part of the same scheme.    

Furthermore, the posts in Uttar Pradesh, which signified the Nepal border have disappeared. These posts, which existed in the boundary alongside the India-Nepal border in Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh have disappeared, and following this, the Indian SSB has increased its patrol in the region. Besides, the report shows that Nepal has withdrawn these posts. Following this, the Indian border posts have been alerted. Moreover over, the Union Ministry is closely monitoring the movements related to it.    

Meanwhile, India has said that this conflict can be resolved if Nepal agrees to create a positive environment, and thus, India has proposed to hold discussions with Nepal. The controversial new map of Nepal was approved in the House of Representatives of the Nepal parliament. But, it is yet to be approved in the National Assembly of Nepal. However, India has reached out to Nepal and has appealed to cease its parliamentary procedure to procure approval for the new map and discuss the situation with India. Moreover, India has said that if Nepal avoids obtaining a legal bill from its National assembly in regards to the controversial map, then it will help create a positive environment.   

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