Tinker transit point devoid of security on Nepal side

Narendra Singh Karki 


Chhangru-Tinkar settlement is deserted with all the residents migrating to the district headquarters Khalanga to escape harsh winter condition and lack of security.

The settlement is located at Ward No 1 of Byas rural municipality adjoining the tri-junction of Nepal, India and China on the north border of Darchula district.

Even the security personnel stationed there for guarding the border have left the cantonment. The local government is implementing some development projects in this remote settlement, but these plans are in limbo as there are no people.

Although India and China have maintained strong security by deploying border security forces on their side of the international border, the Nepali side is unmanned. The Nepali police personnel deployed for securing the border have moved to Dumling at Ward No 2 of the same rural municipality.

There are 65 households at Tinkar and 105 households at Chhangru, the two settlements located at an altitude of 12,000 feet above the sea level. These families have all temporarily migrated to Khalanga. The entire village is covered with snow at present.

“The security of the village is now left to the snow and the gods, “ Yashoda Tinkari, a woman leader of Tinkar, said.

China and India have maintained their contingents of their security forces on the tri-junction border at Tinkar since they went to war since 47 years back. However, the Nepali state has not been able to maintain security at its border settlement, she complained. There is no security post in the settlements which have a population of nearly 1,000.

India increased the size of its security forces and mobilizing its India Tibet Border Police (ITBP) since the time of the Khampa insurgency in August, 1975 in the area. India has stationed its security posts including a weapons garrison at five places between the border town Dharchula and Kalapani on a distance of about 50 kilometres. The ITBP has set up its weapons garrison at Ghattabagar, established camps at Gabryang, Chhyalek and Gunji and the Indian army camp at Kalapani.

But the Nepali has the presence of its security forces at the only transit point at Tinkar north of Darchula for only six months a year. The security personnel stay at the border police post only for six months in the summer and abandon the camp for six months during the winter.

“We cannot station the police personnel at the Tinkar border during the winter due to unfavourable weather,” officiating chief of the Darchula Police, Hikmat Bohara, said. RSS