A single bench of Judge Abhishek Ranjan of Sub-Divisional Court in Birpur, Supaul, ordered the release of Dev Narayan and his son after the hearing completed on Friday. The Yadav duo has been freed on general date.
The Indian police had detained Dev Narayan, a local leader of Koiladi Tilathi, Saptari, and his son Ajay Kumar from bordering Indian village of Adars Gram Panchayat on October 1. According to the family source, Indian police first detained Ajay when he had gone to bordering Indian village to attend a cultural programme. Dev Narayan had been arrested later after he went there to free his son.
The Indian authority arrested Dev Narayan and Ajay and filed an abduction charge against them. A police officer said the case had been filed against the arrested duo on charge of abducting Jyoti Kumari of Kunauli-1, a bordering Indian village.
Jyoti’s brother filed case against them after 18-year-old Jyoti eloped with Ajay in May. Jyoti was married to Ajay and has been staying at the latter’s house now. In her statement to the police, Jyoti said that her marriage with Ajaya was consensual and she was not abducted.
Locals of Koiladi Tilathi claimed that Indian authority arrested Dev Narayan for his campaign of ‘save border’.
A nasty clash between Nepali and Indian nationals over construction of a levee at Tilathi had left at least 12 injured in July, 2016. The clash ensued after Nepali side led by Dev Narayan removed the makeshift levee that the Indian side had built allegedly encroaching no-man’s-land between Nepal-India border. Tilathi locals had claimed the levee could inundate settlements in the Nepali territory.