The Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to send Jaya Narayan Acharya, a joint-secretary in the ministry, to Namkha Municipality in Humla district to investigate the boundary dispute with China.
According to Phanindra Mani Pokharel, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Home Affairs, Acharya will lead a team that includes representatives from the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, and the Survey Department.
Acharya, who was serving as the Saptari district’s top district officer, was called back to lead the border study team.
Pokharel stated, “Joint-secretary Janardan Gautam will fill Acharya’s job in Saptari.”
Gautam had previously been appointed as the team’s coordinator in the Darchula incident, in which a Nepali man went missing in the Mahakali river after the improvised cable crossing he was using to cross the river was apparently loosened by Indian border security officers.
On September 1, the Cabinet resolved to appoint a committee to investigate the border issue with China.
Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, a member of the Karnali Provincial Assembly, has demanded a probe into the matter on numerous occasions. In the Humla area, which borders China, pillars numbered 9, 10, 11, 12, 5 (1), 6 (1), 7 (1), and 8 (1) were damaged, according to an independent report.
He also alleged in the article that the Chinese side altered Pillar 12, resulting in a vast swath of Nepali land being delineated as Chinese territory.
Bimalendra Nidhi, the vice-president of the Nepali Congress and a former deputy prime minister, backed Shahi’s proposal and encouraged Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to look into the matter.
Following the raising of the topic of a border dispute in Namkha, the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu took interest in the matter on Friday, claiming that there was no boundary conflict with Nepal.
KP Sharma Oli, the former prime minister and current chairman of the UML, declared on Saturday that there was no boundary conflict with China.
A committee led by Nepali Congress leader Shahi investigated the Lalungjong area in Namkha Rural Municipality-6 of Humla in September of last year and found that China had encroached on Nepali land.
Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi refuted the report’s assertion after it was delivered to the party’s central committee saying that China had encroached on the border.
The Nepal-China border is approximately 1,414 kilometres long.
Nepal has taken the effort to fix the border line, claiming that the pillar number 57 in Tippa has been buried, encroaching on 6 hectares of territory. Both countries’ technical teams are developing updated specifics of the border area.