Champawat (Uttarakhand): Amid stale bilateral ties between India and Nepal, authorities along the Nepal border near Uttarakhand have warned of a possible security threat after they witnessed long queues of people lining up near the Banbasa border to get Indian Aadhaar cards so that they can cross over.
Himanshu Kafaltia, the Subdivisional magistrate (SDM) of Tanakpur, a small town near the border, on Wednesday claimed that many Nepali citizens vising India through Banbasa were using Indian Aadhaar cards at the border.
“The issue regarding security risk has come to the fore as most Nepalis show Aadhaar cards. I have raised this issue before higher authorities,” the SDM said.
All checkpoints along the India-Nepal border have been closed since March 25 since the first coronavirus-induced lockdown was announced.
“During checking, we ask people to produce any identification document to prove that they are working in India, like an identification card issued by a contractor or anything else. It has come to the fore that a lot of people are showing Aadhaar cards. Since an Aadhaar card is residential proof, we accept it. Meanwhile, the issue regarding security risk has come up. I have raised this issue before higher authorities,” he said.
Uttarakhand: Long queues of Nepali citizens were seen at Banbasa near India-Nepal border for entering India y'day. SDM Tanakpur Himanshu said,"Issue regarding security risk has come into fore as most of Nepalis show Aadhar cards. I've raised this issue before higher authorities". pic.twitter.com/Sk6FTLA6WC
— ANI (@ANI) December 9, 2020