Tithali locals compel India to halt construction of Dam in the no-man’s land
The clashes that erupted between the Nepalese and Indian along the Nepal-India border at Tithali VDC in Saptrai district over the illegal task of building a dam in the no-man's land by the Indian side have compelled the local Indian administration to halt the dam construction works. The people of Tithali villages showed their feat by damaging the illegally constructed dam in the no-man's land despite facing attacks from the Indians of Kunali. The clashes erupted Thursday morning when the Indian side started rebuilding the dam damaged by the floods in the local Khado river. In the beginning when a small group of Nepalese reached the dam construction site requesting the Indian side not to build the dam, the Indian had chased the Nepalese. But later, Nepalese of the borders got united and reached the site with an intention of damaging the illegally built dam, clashes erupted. However, the Nepalese managed to damage the dam. Dozens of Nepalese including former member of Saptari DDC Dev Narayan Yadav were injured in the clash. After the clash, security personnel of both countries were mobilised to control tension in the area. A day after the clashes, security officials of both the nations held a meeting and decided to halt the construction of the dam. Injured Yadav who is now undergoing treatment in Kathmandu is the real hero of Nepal as a team led by him stopped the Indians from building a dam in the no-man's land.
Building a dam in the no-man's land is against the international law but India has built several dams along the NepalIndia border and the government of Nepal has been a mere spectator of the illegal acts. However, this time the Nepalese of the Saptari did the task which the government should have done years ago. The Tithali incident has proved a saying of late leader B. P. Koirala that the people of Terai have been protecting Nepal's border is true. But the leaders who claim themselves as the follower of late Koural's political ideology have not done anything to prevent India from illegally building dams in the no-man's land. Such dams cause inundation in several VDCs of Nepal's Terai every year.