Labourers from Nepal entering India by crossing the Sharda river using tyre tubes 

Badri Kasniyal

GG News Bureau

Pithoragarh,9th June. The fear of the Covid 19 virus spreading from labourers from Nepal entering the Indian territory by crossing the Sharda river using tyre tubes has instilled fear among the residents of Pithoragarh, Tanakpur, Banbasa and Champawat region in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand.

The labourers from Nepal crossing over to India through illegal routes has also raised the security issue and the residents are fearful that these illegal infiltrators could become a cause for the spread of the Covid 19 disease as most of them are coming I without covid 19 vaccination certificates.

“We have requested SSB, the border guarding force at Indo Nepal border, to intensify patrolling along the Indo-Nepal border falls in this area to check the illegal entry of Nepalese Citizen from across the border,” said Himanshu Kaphaltia, SDM Tanakpur IN Champat district.

According to the reports received by the local administration   due to closed borders from the last 45 days, several citizens from Nepal  are entering into Indian  territory from  Banbasa  bridge via Manihargoth  crossing the Sharda river at Thapaliakhera on illegal tyre tubes.”

Though the legal entry into Indian markets is not banned, after the second wave of Covid 19, both countries have made it essential to enter either country after showing negative Covid report at checkpoints on both sides.

“A large number of citizens from Nepal are avoiding these check posts to enter the territory illegal causing fears of corona spread amongst the Indian population living in Tanakpur and Banbasa markets of India, “ said Shivam Nishad, an Indian citizen who had presentative a memorandum to SDM in this connection today.

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