26,000 security personnel to be deployed for Saarc Summit

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu
26,000 security personnel to be deployed for Saarc Summit

Nov 18, 2014-

The government will deploy over 26,000 security personnel from Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police and National Intelligence Department inside Kathmandu Valley for the upcoming 18th Saarc Summit. It will be the largest deployment of security forces after the Constituent Assembly election that was conducted in November 2013.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) said that they have finalised the security work-plan for the summit. The security rehearsal began on Tuesday.

Nepal Army will coordinate the overall security of the summit while Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department will perform supporting duty.  The MoHA, however, declined to divulge the breakdown of the deployment among the security agencies due to sensitivity of the matter.

Laxmi Dhakal, spokesperson of MoHA, said that they have used all the state mechanisms to ensure security of the guests. Nepal Police has asked 300 personnel from the reserve force in various districts to arrive in the Capital for the summit.   

According to Dhakal, security has also been heightened around the summit venue, hotels where the guests will be staying and the retreat venue.A separate unit of police has been established to guard the City Hall, the main venue for the summit.

CCTVs have also been installed on the premises of Crowne Plaza Soaltee Hotel where the visiting delegates will be staying during the summit. Police have also reviewed and verified the details of the hotel staff. Similar preparations are being made at the retreat site in Dhulikhel, Kavre, said Dhakal.

Installation of 203 CCTVs are still underway in various parts of the Capital. It is learnt that 40 CCTVs will keep surveillance of the summit venue at Exhibition Road and its vicinity.

With just a couple of days remaining for the summit, police have increased patrols and security inspection around the city and entry points of the Valley. Sniffer dogs are being used to search the luggages of passengers entering the Kathmandu Valley. According to MoHA, around 1,700 security personnel will be deployed in Janakpur and Lumbini. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Janakpur before arriving to Kathmandu for the two-day summit. He will be travelling on road to enter Janakpur from bordering Indian town of Vittamod. Modi will visit Lumbini after the summit. Besides, security in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur has also been increased as the first ladies will be to touring these places.    

More than 350 guests from the Saarc member states and nine observer countries will be arriving in Kathmandu for the summit.

Published: 19-11-2014 09:07

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