India’s SSB and Nepal APF discuss border issues at Gangtok SE Report

Sun, Sep 8, 2019

GANGTOK: Officials of the Indian Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Nepal’s Armed Police Force (APF) held deliberations on boundary issues between the two countries including border pillars, human trafficking, fake currency circulation, smuggling of wild life products and prevention of criminal activities along the borders during the DIG-level coordination meeting between the forces at Gangtok on Friday.
The meeting held at SSB sector headquarters Gangtok was attended by an eight-member delegation of the APF led by DIG Nagendra Bahadur Thapa while DIGs of SSB Gangtok, Ranidanga and Purnea sectors and eight commandants of SSB field units also attended the meeting, a press release informs.
SSB Gangtok sector DIG Bishwajeet Kumar Palstressed on the significance of the meeting and age-old historical ties between people of India and Nepal and outlined the need for a stronger co-ordination and co-operation between the both forces deployed on the both sides to keep the Indo-Nepal border safe and secure, and maintain sanctity of the border. Challenges like encroachment on ‘No-Man’s Land,’ in-filtration and ex-filtration as well as trans-border smuggling of arms, explosive drug, contraband items, FICN, wildlife products, human trafficking faced by both forces were highlighted by him during the opening address .
B.K. Pal further added regular joint survey patrolling by SSB and APF can be very helpful to have comprehensive area assessment, to identify sensitive routes throughout this open border and to enhance synergy between the two counterparts.
SSB Ranidanga DIG Amit Kumaremphasized for the roots of relationship between Nepal and India which isageoldand strong.
APF Nepal Sunsari brigade DIG Nagendra Bahadur Thapastressed that Nepal has a deep cultural and social relationship with India and there is a strong need for working together on developing mutual trust, understanding and professional brotherhood. He assured that steps would be taken to strengthen mutual understanding and co-operation between the two forces, the release mentions.



Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
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