DANG, June 1 - Hundreds of people have been displaced as border security force of India,
Seema Surakshya Bal (SSB), reportedly drove them out form various
bordering villages of Dang district along Nepal-India border.
More than 1,800 people are now taking shelter in a community forest of Satbariya-2 in Deukhuri area in the district.The victims said the SSB personnel encroached the Nepali territory and torched their settlements.
"We were compelled to leave our homes to protect our lives," said Purna Kumari Bista, 70, of Rajpur VDC-7. She said the Indian side also shifted border pillars some 35 metres inside Nepali land.
The villagers of various 22 bordering villages of Rajpur, Bela and Koilabas VDCs in the district were displaced by the SSB. The displaced have also accused the SSB personnel of raping their women and pillaging their villages every now and then. The enraged victims blamed the government for not providing security despite the repeated excesses from the Indian side.