India vigilant in Siliguri in West Bengal

SILIGURI/ COIMBATORE - In the wake of ongoing crisis in Nepal, Indian authorities have intensified security along the Indo-Nepal transit border in West Bengal.

Security personnel of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) are monitoring the movements round the clock along the border across Mechi river at Panitanki in the state.

Police have also been put on alert to prevent any attempt of infiltration in India from across the border.

Meanwhile, expressing hope that the crisis in the Himalayan state would come to an end soon, D Raja, National Secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI), said that the no external force should intervene in Nepal’s matter as the country’s political parties are capable of overcoming the crisis.

“There should not be any external interference in the affairs of Nepal. Nepal parties are capable of accessing the situation and meeting the challenges that are emerging in Nepal,” D Raja said in Coimbatore.

Nepal’s Maoist Prime Minister Prachanda resigned on Monday after a crisis sparked by his sacking of the country’s army chief General Rookmangud Katawal.

The one-year-old Maoist-led government had fired General Katawal on Sunday, accusing him of disobeying instructions not to hire new recruits and refusing to accept the supremacy of the civilian government.
The ongoing crisis in Nepal is a huge blow to a 2006 peace pact that ended a decade-long civil war that pitted the army against the Maoists.

The peace agreement ushered the Maoists into the political mainstream and they won an election last year.