KATHMANDU, Oct 10: The Nepal Police headquarters has directed the police chiefs in the Kathmandu Valley, provinces and districts to formulate a special security plan in view of COVID-19 and the approaching festivals.
As per the direction of Inspector General of Nepal Police, Shailesh Thapa Chhetri, all 77 district police offices have begun devising the special security plan considering both the COVID-19 and the upcoming festivals, according to Nepal Police Spokesperson, SSP Kuber Kadayat. Some of the districts reported that they had already formulated the plan.
"Police always have a security plan, but during special occasions such as festivals and critical challenges such as the spread of the coronavirus, special security arrangements are necessary. Additional patrolling, police posts and border checks are required," he said.
According to him, IGP Thapa Chhetri directed the chiefs of various police offices in the provinces and Kathmandu Valley via virtual meetings to ready the necessary plans and strategies.
How the people can be prevented from the growing spread of coronavirus in the 77 districts is also a major concern this time. Police personnel will be mobilized in plainclothes as part of the implementation of the special security plan.
Meanwhile, the chiefs of police offices in the Kathmandu Valley have planned to make a joint security plan. The Metropolitan Police Office, Ranipokhari, shared the information to this end.
Chief of Metropolitan Police Office, DIG Bishwaraj Pokhrel, said chiefs of all three district police offices in the Valley were asked to submit the security plan. "The plan stresses peace and security considering the festivals and measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus," he added.
According to him, the new plans will enhance the morale of police, ignoring all kinds of wrong influences against the ethics and public expectation. Police are coming up with special programs not to let any kind of untoward incidents during the festival, he added.
Pokhrel also shared that the police personnel will get meals in the respective police office as they will not be allowed to go to their homes for meals due to the pandemic.
Similarly, SSP Shyam Lal Gyawali shared that an integrated security plan was being prepared to implement in the districts of the Kathmandu Valley. He also shared that trained dogs and drones were the additional features of the integrated security plan this year.
Similarly, traffic police chief SSP Bhim Prasad Dhakal said that the traffic police were mobilized to manage the traffic and conduct emergency checks in necessary places such as ticket counters of bus parks.