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Posted On : 16 Mar, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : New Delhi 
Enquiry into killing of Nepalese man to be expedited: India to Nepal
India today assured Nepal that it will expedite the enquiry into the killing of a Nepalese national at the India-Nepal border allegedly by the Indian border guarding force.

This was conveyed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs of Nepal Bimalendra Nidhi.

Apart from holding discussion on bilateral matters of mutual interest, including high-level exchanges between the two countries, the two sides put stress on their commitment to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in diverse sectors and to deepen traditional bonds of friendship and kinship between the two peoples.

"The External Affairs Minister expressed condolence over the death of a Nepalese national on India-Nepal border. She conveyed that the inquiry into the incident will be expedited by the Indian side," an official release said here.

The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu on March 9, however, had said that there was no incident of firing by the SSB, India's border guarding force.

Govinda Gautam of Kanchanpur district was killed in alleged firing by the SSB at Nepal-India border last week following a dispute over building a culvert over the Sano Khola river in Kanchanpur district. However, India has denied there was any incident of firing by the SSB.

Nidhi mentioned about developments in Nepal, it said.

Swaraj also reiterated India's support to the initiatives of the Government of Nepal in taking the constitutional process forward through dialogue and meeting the aspirations of all sections of the society.

Briefing reporters, MEA Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that peace and stability in Nepal are of paramount interest to India.

"it has been our consistent view that the political leaders in Nepal address the constitutional issues through dialogue and consultations with participation of every section of its society. India will continue to support efforts for peace, progress and stability in Nepal," Baglay added.