India beefs up security along Nepal border after skirmishes with Pak at LoC

Sunauli (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 18 (ANI): Indian security forces have increased the vigil along the border with Nepal after the recent skirmishes with Pakistan at the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, amid fear that it can be an easy route for militants to infiltrate into the country.

Three Pakistani and two Indian soldiers were killed recently this month in the worst outbreak of tit-for-tat violence in Jammu and Kashmir since India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along a de facto border there nearly a decade ago.

The Border Security Force (BSF) has stepped up security along the almost 1,750 kilometres long border with Nepal in view of the fact that it is a porous border.

Most of the check posts at the border are being managed on a high security level and all the passers by are being checked.

"The border of Nepal is entirely open. Nepal is the best route for any militant to infiltrate into our country. So for this we have tightened the security very much here keeping in mind what has happened at the LoC. You never know as they may anytime come inside our territory," said K. S. Bankota, the commanding officer of the first battalion of the BSF on Thursday.

Indian-Pakistani relations had improved after plummeting in 2008 when gunmen killed 166 people in Mumbai in a three-day rampage that India blamed on the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group. (ANI)

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