Body of Indian killed in Nepal firing arrives

      The body of the college boy, who was killed in a police firing near Birgunj in Nepal on Monday, was handed over to his family by the Nepal Government Tuesday evening. Sonu's body arrived here in an ambulance. The agitated protesters raised slogans against the Nepal Police and the Government.

Earlier, Consul General of India in Birgunj Anju Ranjan said, "The Government of India has condemned the killing. We have sent the body for an autopsy, which is being performed in Nepal. After that the body will be handed over to the family." "I met the victim's father on Monday, and assured him of all kind of help. We have also written for compensation to the Government of Nepal," he said.

"The border is open for people's movement, and not for goods' movement. Because, the condition on the Nepal side is very tense, and thus, the Government of India has issued an order that truckers and others should move into Nepal on their own risk," the envoy said.

Sunil Kumar Gupta, a protester, said, "We will now perform the last rites of Sonu. The compensation announced by the SDO should be provided to his family soon, as they are very poor and work on footpath."

"If the killing of Sonu is not enough to open the eyes of the Indian Government, many more sons of India will be killed. Until the border with Nepal is not sealed, such killings will go on," he added.

The Indian Government had said on Monday it was deeply concerned about the violence in which an "innocent Indian" was killed. "Issues facing Nepal are political in nature and cannot be resolved by force. Causes underlying the present state of confrontation need to addressed by Nepal credibly and effectively," said foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

The Nepal police had fired on protesters who were blocking vital supplies. The protest is by ethnic Madhesis against Nepal's new Constitution. They say the borders drawn under the new federal system will is discriminatory. Over 40 people have been killed in violence over the new Constitution adopted last month.

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