India rejects claims of Nepalese army on Insas rifle
Kathmandu, Aug 13 (PTI) India today rejected claims by the Nepalese army that 'Insas' rifles supplied by it were "sub-standard" and said it was ready to impart further training to the RNA on the correct usage of the weapon.

"Insas rifle has been the basic weapon of the more than one million strong Indian Army since 1995, and it has also been extensively used by the Indian para-military forces," the Indian embassy here said in a statement.

Nepalese Army spokesman had yesterday blamed Indian guns for casualties it suffered in clashes with Maoist rebels in western Kalikot district in which it lost 43 soldiers, saying its counter-insurgency operations would have been more efficient if it had acquired better weapons.

The Insas rifles have been used without any complaint in most extreme conditions of weather and combat in the insurgency affected regions including Kargil, the statement said.

Last year a technical team of the Indian Army attended to the RNA's complaints by imparting basic training on its correct usage to prove its accuracy and if the RNA feels its understanding of this weapons is still incomplete then the Government of India will be happy to again make similar arrangements, it said.

India had been providing military equipment and training to Nepal on 70 per cent grant and 30 per cent payment basis to help in its counter-insurgency operations for the past few years.

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