14 Nepalis cross Mahakali at midnight to enter country during lockdown

Nepalis stranded in Dharchula of India during the lockdown, in March 2020.

Kathmandu, April 11

Even during the lockdown imposed in both Nepal and India for the past three weeks, the cross-border movement has not been completely stopped, it has been revealed.

In a recent case, 14 Nepalis stranded in India across the Mahakali, the western frontier of the country, crossed the mighty river by swimming on Tuesday night, according to sources.

It has been learned that the people from various villages in Bajhang and Baitadi districts of Sudurpaschim province were working in India.

“A few of them were able to swim. First, they crossed and later, they tied a rope across the river to bring others,” says Narendra Dhami, the chairman of Malikarjun rural municipality in Darchula district, adding they were quarantined later.

The workers later told Nepali authorities that they ran away from Indian quarantine sites to come back to the country.

Preparations are underway to test them for coronavirus infection.

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