KATHMANDU, July 20: A team of Indian security agents arrived in Nepal to search for uranium. A six-member team from the Indian Police’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Indian intelligence agency – Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – has been in Nepal for a week.
According to sources, the Indian security team is searching for 27 kg of uranium believed to be possessed by a “criminal gang” operating across the border in Nepal. Initially, Indian officials informed the Nepalese police and the National Investigation Department that they had received information about the possession of such a large amount of uranium in Kathmandu.
Having received no information from the authorities, the Indian police also informed the Armed Police Intelligence Bureau. Sources said the Indian team was coordinating with Nepalese security agencies while the Armed Forces Intelligence Bureau was looking for possible deals in Kathmandu.
“A team of Indian security officials came to Nepal after receiving information that a Nepalese group was going to send uranium to India. However, they haven’t been able to find him yet. Security officials from Nepal are also involved in the investigation,” a senior Nepalese security source said.
According to the source, Indian security personnel came to Nepal with uranium samples which the gang offered to sell. However, the Nepalese police said they had no information about it.
Nepali Police spokesman DIG Tek Prasad Rai said security teams continue to come officially and unofficially but they have no information that Indian security personnel are here looking for ‘uranium. “The Nepalese police are not aware that Indian security officers have come to Nepal for such a task,” spokesman Rai said.
A security source claimed that the Indian security personnel arrived in Nepal as they did not trust the Nepalese security personnel and came themselves for the covert operation.
Meanwhile, Nepali security personnel did not take this issue positively. “It’s a good thing that they shared information about the problem. However, it’s not good for them to come here themselves and conduct search operations,” said a staff member from security, asking not to be named.
The uranium, which is used to develop explosives, was first recovered in Nepal on March 11, 2021. The uranium, believed to cost US$220 million, was seized as a man attempted to sell it. The police investigation revealed that Amber Tamang, who has a permanent home in Ramechhap, brought uranium to Nepal 20 years ago when she returned from India.