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Chinese study centres in Nepal cause of concern: SSB

PTI | Last Updated: Monday, March 3, 2014 - 22:13

New Delhi: The SSB, a paramilitary force that guards India`s frontier with Nepal, has expressed concern over the emergence of Chinese study centres in the neighbouring country allegedly indulging in anti-India propaganda.

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) chief Arun Chaudhary on Monday shared these concerns with his counterpart in Nepal Police Inspector General (IG) Upendra Kant Aryal who visited the forces` headquarters here as the leader of a delegation for bi-lateral border talks.
Chaudhary conveyed to Aryal that the Chinese study centres were sprouting in Nepal fast and these centres were allegedly indulging in anti-India propaganda.

The two forces also decided to create a joint task force to address trans-border crimes and the menace of fake Indian currency notes being prevalent in border areas.

SSB director general (DG) Chaudhary, an official statement from the paramilitary said, highlighted the plight of FICN giving example how poor labourers were being cheated of reimbursement of their hard work as there were reports that payments were being giving to them in fake notes.

Both the sides, during the day-long meeting, decided to strengthen their mechanism to curb smuggling of narcotics and human trafficking. As a goodwill gesture, SSB also mooted a plan to station five ambulances at select locations along Indo-Nepal border which can be availed by the people of both the sides in times of emergency.
During the meeting, also attended by the officials of external affairs and internal security departments of the two countries, Nepal police chief Aryal said Nepal shares a relationship of `beti and roti` with India and hence it was their desire to work together and in close coordination with India.

While a number of Nepalese brides get married in Indian families, a number of people from the Himalayan nation have business interests in Indian markets not only along the border areas but also in the hinterland of the country.

A full-scale implementation of these measures is expected to take place when an SSB delegation travels to Nepal later this month.

SSB guards the 1,751-km long `open` border with Nepal and it is also the lead intelligence gathering agency in this area. There are over 450 border posts of the paramilitary.

First Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 - 22:13
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