Preparations in full swing for Modi's Janakpur visit

Published On: April 30, 2018 07:11 AM NPT By: Suresh Yadav

JANAKPURDHAM, April 30:  It is yet to be confirmed whether Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi will visit Janakpur on May 11 or not but preparations have already begun for his security and other necessities.  

The government authorities have only announced that Indian PM Modi will pay a visit to Nepal but have not informed the date and time. During his previous visit too, there were rumors that Modi would travel to Ram Janaki Temple for offering prayers. But his visit was cancelled citing security concerns as various parties in the tarai were busy with the Madhes movement. 

But this time, preparations have been made in advance to ensure the safety of Indian PM Modi. Indian and Nepali security forces have checked the security situation of Janakpur not just once but thrice. The chief of security forces too are expected to visit Janakpur this week for the inspection.

All four security forces of Nepal as well as India have started monitoring the security of Janakpur considering the visit of Modi. But the matter of concern has been the absence of chiefs at the local security units. Many security agencies here are operating without chiefs. This has made it difficult for the high level security authorities to coordinate with them.

 Additional Inspector General Bijaya Lal Kayastha was appointed as the chief of Provincial Police Office.  But he just retired on April 11. Likewise, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Subash Chandra Chaudhary, who was the chief of Federal Police Force, too retired from his job on May 9.
Meanwhile, Dilip Kumar Chapagain, Chief District Officer of Dhanusha left the district after being transferred on Friday. In the absence of the chiefs, their responsibilities have been assigned to their deputies.

However, Spokesperson of Nepal Police AIG Manoj Neupane claimed that the absence of security chiefs won't affect the security arrangement in Janakpur. "Security forces operate on the basis of system not person," said AIG Neupane. 

According to Ram Krishna Subedi, spokesperson of the Home Ministry, Indian PM Modi will be visiting only a district rather than a province, so there won't be much problem. "Our security network will tighten the security in the district," he said. With this, he also informed that he has visited Janakpur once and is planning to make another visit to observe the security status. He assured that there won't be any kind of security problems during Modi's visit.

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