‘Fake’: Indian officials deny asking Nepal to stop Nepalese citizens from visiting Kalapani

A day after reports in the Nepalese media suggested that India has asked Nepal to stop its citizens from “illegally” entering to the Indian territories of Kalapani, Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura, and Gunji, authorities in Uttarakhand on Thursday refuted such reports.

Dharchula Sub-Divisional Magistrate Anil Kumar Shukla called the reports as “fake”, which claimed that he had written a letter to the Nepal authorities on the issue.

“I have not written any such letter to Nepalese administration. All such news items are fake. We do not have time to spend on such things as we are too busy these days combating natural calamities like cloudbursts which have killed people,” said Shukla.

Meanwhile, Pithoragarh District Magistrate VK Jogdande also said that he was not aware of any such letter. “If SDM Dharchula had written any letter to Nepalese authorities, I would have been informed about it,” said Jogdande.

The Himalayan Times had quoted a local officer as saying that Shukla had written a letter, dated July 14, to Nepal authorities, asking them to prevent “illegal” movement of their citizens in Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Gunji.

“We have received a letter and phone call regarding India’s decision to prohibit Nepalis from crossing into the territories,” the paper quoted Sharad Kumar Pokhrel, the Chief District Officer of Darchula, Nepal, as saying.

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