SSB Suspends 2 Personnel for Unauthorized Bus Search at India-Nepal Border

New Delhi: The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), responsible for guarding the India-Nepal border, has taken disciplinary action by suspending an inspector and a jawan for allegedly neglecting their duty in inspecting a bus carrying Pakistani national Seema Haider and her four children. The incident occurred on May 13, in the border district of Siddharth Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, as the bus crossed into India from Nepal. Inspector Sujit Kumar Verma and Head Constable Chandra Kamal Kalita, both from the 43rd Battalion of SSB, were suspended in connection with the matter.

Full Inquiry Initiated

Inspector Verma and Jawan Kalita of the SSB have been suspended pending a complete inquiry into the incident. A full court of inquiry will be conducted to investigate all aspects of the case that were not covered during the preliminary investigation. Additionally, the roles of other personnel on duty that day will be thoroughly examined. The SSB had initiated a basic probe after reports emerged of Haider’s arrest in Greater Noida.

Difficulties in Border Security

The SSB, a paramilitary force operating under the Union Home Ministry, is tasked with guarding the extensive 1,751-km-long India-Nepal international border. Given the open nature of the border and the striking similarity in physical features and mannerisms of people from both countries, conducting thorough checks and frisking the credentials of every individual crossing over from Nepal to India is deemed “humanly impossible.” While individuals from a third country are not permitted to cross the border without proper visas and travel documents, verifying the identity of individuals from neighboring countries poses significant challenges.

Background of Seema Haider

Seema Haider, a 30-year-old Pakistani national from Sindh province, entered India illegally via Nepal with her four children to be with her Indian lover, Sachin Meena, residing in the Rabupura area of Greater Noida. They were both arrested on July 4 but later granted bail by a local court on July 7. Currently, they are living together with Haider’s four children in a house in Rabupura. Haider has expressed her intention to stay in India and claims to have converted to Hinduism. Their initial contact dates back to 2019 when they connected through the online game PUBG.

In response to the incident, the SSB suspended an inspector and a jawan for alleged negligence in checking the bus that carried the Pakistani national who entered India illegally. A comprehensive inquiry will be conducted, examining all aspects of the case, including the role of other personnel on duty that day. The open border and the resemblance in physical features and mannerisms between the nationals of both countries make it challenging to thoroughly check the credentials of individuals crossing the India-Nepal border. Despite the difficulties, Seema Haider managed to enter India and is now seeking to stay in the country with her Indian partner.

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