Darchula incident: Home Ministry urges Foreign Affairs Ministry to ‘take diplomatic initiatives’

Home Minister Joint-Secretary Janardan Gautam submits a report of the disappearance of Jaya Singh Dhami in Darchula, in Kathmandu, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Kathmandu, September 2

The Ministry of Home Affairs has requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to “take diplomatic initiatives” with India regarding the disappearance of one Jaya Singh Dhami into the Mahakali river in the Darchuala district of far-western Nepal.

The incident that took place on July 30 has received widespread attention as Dhami had reportedly fallen off a tuin, a makeshift cable contraption installed across the river to cross it, as soon as an Indian border security staffer allegedly snapped it.

Consequently, the investigation committee consisting of bureaucrats and police officials also confirmed the presence of Indian Sashastra Seema Bal personnel’s presence in the incident site. However, it failed to categorically hold them responsible for the incident.

As per the recommendation of the same committee, the MoHA wrote to the MoFA on Thursday to raise this issue with India, informs the MoHA Spokesperson Phanindra Mani Pokharel.

While the government was already under fire for its failure to raise the issue with India, the probe panel’s hesitation to categorically mention the SSB personnel as responsible actors has intensified the public wrath.