Chiefs of all three security agencies on foreign tour as the country sees renewed security challenges

Published On: October 12, 2023 07:30 PM NPT By: Tapendra Karki

KATHMANDU, Oct 12: At a time when various types of protests are going on in the country, high security officials including chiefs of all three security agencies are on foreign tours.

Nepali Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force chiefs along with high officials have traveled to the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Prabhu Ram Sharma went to the UK on Sunday. During his stay in the UK, Sharma is scheduled to visit the Sennybridge Training Area in the northwest of the town of Brecon and also meet with the Nepali Army team participating in the Cambrian Patrol being conducted there. During the visit, he will pay a courtesy call on his British counterpart General Sanders.

Likewise, he will meet with the director of the British Army's Land Warfare Centre, chiefs of the Royal College of Defence Studies and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and visit the Gurkha brigade.

The entourage of the army chief includes Director General of the Military Academy Major General Santosh Kumar Dhakal and staff officers of the army chief. Army Chief Sharma is scheduled to return home on 14 October.

Meanwhile, Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Saroj Pratap Rana has been assigned to look after the affairs of the army in the absence of the army chief, according to the Nepali Army Directorate of Public Relations and Information.

Rana is also on leave from next week without extension of one year. COAS Sharma  will arrive home while he is on leave.

A day before COAS Sharma left for the UK, Inspector General of Nepal Police (IGP) Basanta Bahadur Kunwar also went to the UK. It is mentioned in the news sent by the police headquarters that on Saturday, IGP Kunwar went to the UK to participate in the Integrated Program for Strengthening Security and Justice (IPSSJ) which will be conducted from October 9 to October 13, at the invitation of the British government.

In the event organized with the purpose of meeting and sharing experience with senior officers of Nepal Police and UK Police on security, investigation and justice issues, discussions will be held on sharing experience on the challenges of evolving crime. Similarly, discussions will be held on dealing with such challenges through appropriate laws, skills, resources, and community police service. There will also be a discussion on addressing the dangers of sexual and gender violence as well as crimes against children.

At present, along with IGP Kunwar, DIG Bishnu Kumar KC and two SSPs are also in the UK.

Similarly, Inspector General of Armed Police Force, Raju Aryal, also went to the USA on Tuesday evening.

He went to participate in the program of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference, which will be held from October 14 to October 17 in San Diego, California, USA.

Inspector General of Armed Police Force, Aryal is accompanied by Deputy Inspector General of Armed Police Force, Shambhu Subedi. APF Additional Inspector General Narayan Datta Poudel has been assigned to look after the responsibilities of the IGP during the absence of IGP Aryal.

Similarly, a three-member team headed by Officiating IGP, Additional Inspector General Tek Prasad Rai and senior officials of Nepal Police on Tuesday left for the USA in connection with participating in the same program. AIG Rai is accompanied by Deputy Inspectors General Durga Singh and Kedar Dhakal.

Two weeks ago, in the parliamentary committee, the heads of the security organs analyzed the spread of religious extremism in the country and said that we should be aware of it. In addition, at a time when there are various kinds of movements going on in the country and the security during the upcoming festive season should be taken care of, the chiefs and high officials of the security agencies have gone abroad.


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