N24 Staff Writer, KATHMANDU:- Nepal’s communist-controlled northern neighbor China has unashamedly occupied Nepalese territories, even going one step further and constructing nine buildings in the Nepalese land.
The occupied land has been identified as being located in Lapcha village of Namkha-6 in Humla district of Karnali Province.
A team of Nepalese officials led by Chief District Officer (CDO) of Humla District, Chiranjibi Giri, reached the site following the complaints.
“CDO Giri will talk with the Chinese side about the encroachments and will return in a couple of days,” according to assistant CDO of Humla District, Dutta Raj Hamal.
The team led by CDO Giri also included officials from Nepal Police, Nepal Army, Investigation Department and the local authorities.
The place where the encroachments occurred is a far-flung mountainous area without access to road or telephone.
“We have learned that CDO Giri held talks with the Chinese side, but we do not have knowledge about the details and contents of the talks,” said Dharmaraj Neupane, Executive Officer of Namkha Village Committee.
Sources in Kathmandu, in the mean time, said, it was a rare incident that China built a number of buildings on Nepal’s land and Nepalese officials were unaware about those incidents for months.
“We have no option than to immediately suspect Nepal’s border patrol, first of all, on this matter. Why did the border patrol and Nepal’s high level security officials keep mum on this grave issue? Why hasn’t the central government of Nepal spoken a single word yet on this issue? We have so many grounds to suspect a clear set-up,” said a highly placed security source, who did not want to be named.
As of today, Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not made it stance clear on this issue, nor the Chinese Embassy in Nepal or the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing has said a word.
The purpose of erecting those Chinese buildings has not yet been known. It is learned that even the Nepalese inspection team led by CDO Giri was not allowed to reach near the suspicious Chinese buildings, nor were they allowed to take any pictures from near the site.
The Nepalese team took pictures from a distance and returned to Simikot, the district headquarters of Humla, hastily, it is learned.
“The buildings were built 2 kilometers inside Nepalese territories by encroaching Pillar Number 12, while Pillar Number 11 is suspiciously missing,” said a member of the Nepalese inspection team requesting anonymity.
Actually the unauthorized Chinese construction on the Nepalese side started 10 years ago in 2010 and even the locals were scared to go to the site.
“The Chinese army allowed none to reach the illegally built site. That’s why we did not ever try to go there,” a local villager was quoted as saying by one of the members of CDO Giri’s inspection team.
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