Tithali lo­cals com­pel In­dia to halt con­struc­tion of Dam in the no-man’s land

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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.

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