‘Chand-led CPN Maoist main security threat for polls’
Apr 21, 2017-A regional security meeting held in Dhulikhel of Kavre on Friday has taken anti-election activities of Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist as 'main security threat' during the local level elections slated for May 14.
Chief district officers and Chiefs of Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department of 11 hilly districts of Central Development Region have been urged to contain the activities of the Maoist party.
"The security officials of all the districts have taken the Chand-led Maoist's activities as the security threat for the elections," Regional Administrator Shambhu Koirala briefed Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi during the security meeting on Friday. All the districts have similar security challenges, Koirala added.
Besides Chand's anti-poll activities, the participants also opined that the protest of political parties demanding election symbol, armed outfits of Tarai, and criminal groups are other security challenges.
They said that the security agencies should be alert as there could be attempts to destroy election materials, disrupt election programmes, prevent candidates from filing their candidacy and issue threat to the voters.
They even suspected that the anti-election elements could attack employees deployed for the polls.
According to Chief District Officer (CDO) of Kavre Shiva Prasad Simkhada, all the CDOs attending the security meet complained the shortage of human resource and vehicles to maintain security during the elections. The CDOs are also concerned about the unhealthy competition of the major parties.
Talking to the reporters later, Minister Nidhi assured to take strong action against thoise who attempted to disrupt the elections.
He also said that efforts are on to bring the agitating Madhesi parties on board the elections.
Published: 21-04-2017 18:16