Brand-new DELHI: A patrol party comprising at least 13 jawans of the Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) was detained by Nepali border guards after the group “inadvertently” crossed over to the other adverse chasing suspected smugglers along the India-Nepal border in Bihar’s Kishanganj district. They were released after SSB officials raised the issue along with Nepal’s Armed Police Force.
The jawans were detained at about 7.30am on Sunday, when their patrol party saw suspicious activity along the Ambari-Kesna border post and began a ‘hot pursuit’ of the suspected smugglers.
Officials said the party followed the lead team of two jawans, identified as Constables Roshan and Ramprasad of the 12th SSB battalion deployed in the area, and “inadvertently” crossed over to the other adverse by about 50 metres into Khuntanmani village after which villagers surrounded it.
The squad was handed over to Nepal border guarding troops of Armed Police Force which brought them to their border post in Jhapa district of Nepal.
Officials said 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 litres of diesel being allegedly smuggled to the other adverse 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 said.
“Thirteen of our men have actually been detained by APF at a border post along Indo-Nepal border. I had an interaction along with the APF Chief and IG Mr Kesh Raj Onta and he has actually assured that these men who crossed over inadvertently will be sent back safely. A border meet is on between the field commanders of the two sides,” SSB Director General B D Sharma told PTI in Brand-new Delhi.
Officials said while 6 SSB troops were armed, the rest were without their service weapons. The DG said there was no ‘bodily harm’ to the personnel and that they have actually been extended due courtesies by the APF.
Paramilitary force, Seema Suraksha Bal, guards the 1,751 km-long open frontier along with Nepal.