India strongly condemned as “provocative” and “ill-intentioned” allegations that it is sending soldiers in plain clothes to Nepal amid the ongoing agitation against the new Constitution by Indian-origin Madhesis. In a strongly worded statement, the Indian Embassy here expressed its serious concerns over the remarks made by Nepalese Minister without portfolio Satya Narayan Mandal. At a press meet in Biratnagar, the eastern Nepal town, Mandal had alleged that India was planning to send Indian army personnel in plain clothes into Nepal. The Embassy said: “The comments are provocative, baseless and ill- intentioned. Mandal’s remarks came on the same day when an Indian youth was killed during a police firing as anti-constitution protests intensified in Birgunj near Raxaul and two Indian nationals were nabbed by the Nepalese security personnel from the site of the demonstration. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed “shock” over the unfortunate killing of the Indian and requested for details from his Nepalese counterpart K P Oli during their telephonic conversation even as India summoned Nepal’s envoy over the incident.
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