CPN: a major security threat in Gandaki Province

Published On: April 8, 2019 04:05 AM NPT By: SANDESH SHRESTHA

POKHARA, April 8: The high-profile province level security meeting of Gandaki Province has concluded that the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) led by Netra Bikram Chand is a major security threat in the province.

The high-level meeting held on Saturday and Sunday reached the conclusion that CPN ranks first in the list of security threats despite being small in size. Chief District Officers (CDOs) of all 11 districts of the province accepted CPN as the major threat in the province, according to a security personnel who participated in the meeting.

Seeking anonymity that security official continued, "Despite being a major security threat, it won't be difficult to control the government-banned party as it is small in size." Besides that, the monopoly of contractors and mafias in the extraction of resources has also been reported as a threat to security in the province. Not just that, the disputes and controversies in the universities, protests staged by teachers, students and doctors among others have also been seen as threats to provincial security.

Ram Krishna Subedi, joint secretary as well as the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs informed Republica that a security meeting was conducted in Gandaki Province after Sudurpaschim Province and Province 5.Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa who headed the meeting directed the security personnel to tighten security in the province. He even urged the security officials and others to strictly implement the government's decision to ban CPN and its activities.

Home Scretary Prem Kumar Rai urged all to discourage the activities of the Chand outfit as much as possible. "CPN must not be allowed to carry out its activities as stated by the government," a source quoted Rai as saying.

More than 15 leaders and cadres of CPN have been arrested in Gandaki so far. Reportedly, the presence of Chand's outfit is comparatively low in Mannang and Mustang.

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