The Nepali army is building a helipad and has established a number of tents at the Indo-Nepal border, according to media reports this is the first time that the country has deployed troops near the border.
India Today terms the development as shocking and strange.
“In this temporary looking camp, one can see dozens of Nepali soldiers deployed there. This is something which has happened for the first time in this area,”The Television news channel quoting unnamed officials reported.
After the conflict between China in India broke out in Ladakh and Sikkim sectors, Nepal started claiming that the area near Lipulekh along the Kali Nadi belongs to it.
India Today TV also managed to get the exclusive footage of the Nepali army buildup in the region which is unprecedented. India Today TV team had reached Dharchula which is adjoining both Nepal and China and as the Chinese borders are 80 km from it. It is in Dharchula from where a road has been built between Dharchula and Lipulekh for travel to Mansarovar in Tibet.
In Dharchula, the Kali Nadi accessed the border between India and Nepal where hundreds of villages are settled and many small bridges have been built for people to travel with ease.
However, due to the lockdown measures imposed on both sides, the travel has been put on hold. The Indian side is guarded by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and its troops can be seen patrolling along the border.
The activities of the Indian Army have also increased and the Border Roads Organisation personnel can be seen continuously working on the newly built road which is critical for military purposes as well.