KATHMANDU/NEW DELHI, Nov 29 - Nepal today detained 13 Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel for nearly five hours after they �inadvertently� entered the country while chasing suspected smugglers, the second incident along the border within a week amid tension in bilateral ties.
The incident took place around 6:30 am when an SSB patrol party saw some suspicious activity along the Ambari-Kesna border post and began a �hot pursuit� of the suspected diesel smugglers.
Nepal�s Armed Police Force (APF) personnel deployed at the Border Account Post at Kechana village in Jhapa district, bordering Bihar�s Kishanganj district, detained the SSB jawans when they entered the country, Nepal Police sources said, adding, four SSB jawans were carrying modern rifles.
All the 13 SSB personnel were later released after being kept at APF camp in Kechana for nearly five hours. SSB chief BD Sharma in New Delhi said that the 13 personnel had been freed and �are back in Indian territory� and appreciated the cooperation extended by �our counterparts on the Nepal side.� � PTI