NA to lead integrated security for summit

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
NA to lead integrated security for summit

Nov 14, 2014-

An integrated security strategy for 18th Saarc Summit has been readied, Home Affairs Ministry officials said. The Nepal Army, which is taking lead role in providing overall security for the summit, has prepared an integrated security plan detailing the deployment of security personnel in and outside the Capital, said a senior official at the ministry.

The work plan of the security strategy will be handed over to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bam Dev Gautam on Sunday. After submitting the work plan, the integrated security plan will come into effect. The security agencies, however, have already started patrolling, checking commuters, keeping close eye on major entry points of the valley and installing CCTVs in key areas of the city. Nepal Army will be guarding the heads of state arriving for the summit in the first layer of the security arrangement though these high-level officials will be accompanied by their own guards. Nepal Police will remain in the second layer while Armed Police Force will secure the event venue and their place of stay from outside.

A senior Home Ministry official said Nepal Army will provide security to VVIPs, Nepal Police to VIPs and Armed Police Force will guard in vital installations and patrol major streets, around the president office, Tribhuvan International Airport and hotels where the delegates will be staying.S ecurity officials and personnel from the National Intelligence Department will gather information regarding the summit and others sensitive security matters.

A central control room will be established at the Ministry of Home Affairs where Home secretary will give necessary instructions and coordinate with senior political leaders. The overall security for the summit is managed under the command of Nepal Army while Gen Pawan Bahadur Pande will lead the integrated security operations, officials said. Home Ministry spokesperson Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said they are yet to determine how many security personnel will be deployed for the summit. “But, there will no shortage of trained manpower,” he said, adding that full proof security will be ensured for the delegates.


Published: 15-11-2014 09:09

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