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Two border pillars reported missing from the Nepal-India border in Parsa have been recovered from the Oriya River at Pipardari in the district's Jagarnathpur rural municipality-1.

Following the restoration of the border pillars, the District Coordination Committee has called a meeting for Thursday. Furthermore, the District Security Committee Parsa has already advised the Indian side to halt sand mining in the river. The Indian side has awarded contracts for the extraction of sand.

The objects were discovered during sand mining in the river, escalating the geographical dispute over the river area. 

According to Armed Police Force Superintendent Suman Thapaliya, the news of the recovery of border pillars from the river needed to be communicated to higher authorities due to the situation's sensitivity. Sand mining in the river has been temporarily halted.

The major border pillar with the number 422 was rescued from the same river four days earlier. Similarly, an assistant border pillar marked 422/1 was recently discovered in the river, according to Thapaliya.
Following the recent discovery of boundary pillars, a team led by Chief District Officer Hiralal Regmi and comprised of chiefs of security agencies, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, and local levels conducted a field assessment of the area. CDO Regmi stated that preparations were being made to establish a discourse with the parties involved in the incident.

For many years, Indian contractors have been harvesting river materials regularly, according to Shree Kanta Yadav, chair of Jagarnathpur Rural Municipality, who emphasised the importance of the appropriate sector taking the essential actions. "Indian contractors grab river materials from the river uncontested and transport them to India on tractors during the night," he claimed.


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