Cops want joint patrol with army

Himalayan News Service

Dharan, April 13:

Police personnel of Bhojpur and Shankhuasabha, the highly-affected eastern districts by the insurgency, have urged the government to deploy them along with the Royal Nepal Army (RNA) in order to boost security in the region.

Security measures cannot be effective if Army and Police are deployed in separate regions, a security source said. Though the RNA has mobilised the General Police Force, Armed Police and the Army but the joint team is yet to come together in these two districts. "There has been a regular demand from the police personnel of these two districts to make a joint security team," said SSP Krishna Bahadur Thapa of Dharan.

The government claims that security conditions have improved since the formation of the Joint Security Forces. It is assumed that the Maoists were successful in attacking Bhojpur headquarters on March 2 as the forces were scattered in different stations. Though, the joint forces were deployed in the Telephone Tower, the Maoists were successful in destroying it. The security forces are working jointly in Terhathum, informed SSP Thapa. "Working jointly with army will help to boost the morale of the Police Force."