Dodhara Chandani: Gaddachauki, a transit point along the Nepal-India border in Kanchanpur, lately reports a large arrival of Nepalis from India for the Dashain festival celebrations.
Over 10,000 people entered Nepal via the Gaddachauki points in the past week. According to the District Police Office, Kanchanpur, over 1000 Nepalis are returning home each day from India for the Dashain. Office Chief Shyam Singh Chaudhary said with transit becoming overcrowded by the India returnees, security has been beefed-up. Trained dogs have been mobilized along the border area to prevent any untoward incidents and for the security of travellers. Ram Bahadur Bhandari of Lamki Chuha who returned home from Himanchal Pradesh said he has been there for over a decade and makes his way to home each Dashain.
As he said, his visit to his home is just for the festival celebration and will be back to work stations after the Tihar. Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bangalore, Shimla, Himachal and Haridwar are among those preferred labour destinations of people from far-eastern Nepal. The District Police Office, Kanchanpur said it is concerned about the risk of various infectious diseases with the large entry of people from India and tests for corona, dengue and malaria and the vaccinations for COVID-19 are available along the border point. —