“All the 13 SSB personnel, detained by Nepalese border guards, released and are back in Indian territory,” SSB DG BD Sharma
The patrol troops were detained by Nepali border guards after the group ” unintentionally” crossed over to the other side in pursuit of suspected smugglers along the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar‘s Kishanganj district.
The incident happen around 7:30 am on Sunday, when the patrol troops saw suspicious activity along the Ambari-Kesna border post and began a ‘hot pursuit’ of the suspected smugglers.
Officials told the SSB patrol team led by a Sub-Inspector was on vigil in the area since early morning as the force had seized about 1,500 liters of diesel being allegedly smuggled to the other side Saturday evening.
“Last night, our teams seized about 1,500 litres of diesel which was being smuggled from the same area on the border and hence the patrol party was on alert,” SSB Inspector General (Operations) Deepak Kumar
Officials told that 6 SSB troops were armed, the rest were without their service weapons.
The DG told that there was no ‘bodily harm’ to the personnel and that they have been extended due courtesies by the Armed Police Force and the matter will soon be resolved.
A paramilitary force, the Sashastra Seema Bal guards the 1,751 km-long open frontier with Nepal.
Source: Times of India