DANG, Dec 3: With the objective of conducting peaceful and systematic elections, security has been beefed up along Indo-Nepal border in Dang district.
As there is less than a week left for the parliamentary and provincial elections slated for December 7, security forces have remained highly alert in various parts of the district. A joint security team of Nepal and India have started monitoring the activities in the border areas. As per the analysis of the security personnel, movement of arms and ammunition in border has been seen as a major challenge for the polls.
A special committee of the Nepali and Indian security forces was formed before the first phase of elections to ensure security in the border areas. The same committee will be working in the second phase of election as well. There are altogether 31 customs points in Dang adjoining the Indian border. "These customs points are considered highly sensitive especially during elections,” said Armed Police Force (APF) Inspector Ishwor DC, chief of Koilabas barracks of the para-military force, adding, "We are making every possible effort to avoid any kind of untoward incident which may disrupt the polls.” He informed that the security personnel are adopting special strategies to control criminal activities in the border areas.
People traveling through the border will have to go through strict checking until the elections are over. APF is running a 'search operation' in each customs point. "We have deployed our security personnel in each customs point and are hopeful that the elections will be peaceful," he said. No violent activities have been recorded in the border areas so far, informed the security officials. Security forces are working round the clock to curb criminal activities in the border areas.
Dang shares 83 kilometers of border with India and most of the areas are not accessible by road. Except for Koilabas, no other border point in Dang has road access. This has also been a major threat to the security here.
As in the past elections, borders will be sealed from December 4 and will be opened only after the elections.