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APF intensifies border patrols to curb illegal border crossings in state one  

Birat Anupam

Itahari, 21 April – Armed Police Force (APF) has intensified border patrols in the state no. 1. According to Deputy Inspector General Nagendra Thapa, the chief of the Armed Police Force, Nepal No. 1 Baraha Brigade Headquarters Sunsari that oversees state, more than 3500 APF personnel are in active border duty. According to DIG Thapa, APF personnel have covered every kilometer of the international open border with India.

”Since the beginning of the lockdown in March 24, APF has increased border monitoring and border patrolling”, informed DIG Thapa adding, ”This has stopped illegal cross border movements of the people during lockdown over COVID-19.”

DIG Thapa said districts bordering India namely Sunsari, Morang, Jhapa, Ilam and Panchthar had been strongly monitored to curb illegal cross-border movements of the people.

He said 24 Border Outposts (BOPs) were activated along with additional border observation patrols. He said smokeless tobacco called ‘gutkha’ worth of Rs. 45,000 was recently confiscated from Shahibgunj of Sunsari.

Besides border patrols, APF is turning more vigilant on smuggling of timbers,. It has  nabbed three smugglers namely Roshan Rai, Keshab Khadka and Arjun Karki after thew were spotted smuggling  tractor-load of raw timber logs from Barjabigha of Ramdhuni Municipali-6, Sunsari district on Monday night. They have been already produced at Divisional Forest office of Inaruwa Sunsari, said APF.

They were carrying 120 cubic feet of timber logs of valued Shakhuwa tree from the forest. Acting on a tipoff, APF also confiscated a tractor (ko 1 ta ), a motorbike (sa 1 pa 7498) as well as four units of cell phones.

”Our priority has been focused on borders and smugglers are trying to scratch possible loopholes”, said DIG Thapa, ”However, there are genuine public who immediately inform us and we can take action like in Monday night.”