Security setup ready for Investment Summit

Published On: March 29, 2019 07:44 AM NPT By: Biken K Dawadi

KATHMANDU, March 29: As the government is all prepared to host the much-hyped Investment Summit from Friday to Saturday, security agencies have said that the security arrangements for the summit have been completed. Various high profile guests and investors have already arrived for the summit which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister KP Oli on Friday.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), more than 6,000 security personnel will be mobilized for the summit. This consists of personnel from Nepal Police, Armed Police Force (APF) and the National Investigation Department (NID). Sources from the Home Ministry have informed Republica that the ministry has also alerted the security agencies of the potential security threat from the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN.

Police officials at Nepal Police Headquarters said that more than 4,200 personnel from Nepal Police have been deployed to ensure security at the event. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Office (MPCO) has been handed the responsibility of leading the security arrangements made by Nepal Police.

MPCO spokesman Shyam Gyawali claimed that police will leave no stone unturned for optimum security of the guests and investors attending the summit. “We have left no stone unturned for the security arrangements for the summit,” he said, “We have already secured the perimeter of various hotels where the guests will stay as well as the summit venue, Soaltee Crowne Plaza.” He added that the TIA and road routes the guests will travel along have been secured too.

Gyawali added that even though there are speculations that the Chand outfit may strike during the summit, the police have not identified the threat as a major problem. 

Similarly, APF spokesman Suraj Kumar Shrestha said that over 1,800 APF personnel have been deployed for the summit. “All three security agencies have been given different responsibilities by the home ministry,” he said, “However; we have been directed to coordinate with each other for the optimum security of the event.” In addition to the police personnel mobilized by Nepal Police and APF, 200 personnel from the NID have been deployed for the security of the event.

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