Nepal | August 10, 2020

Heavy security for visiting VVIP

UJJWAL SATYAL
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KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 12

In an unprecedented move, the government has mobilised more than 15,000 security personnel for the security of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who arrived here today on his two-day state visit.

Security forces from all four security agencies — Nepali Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department — have been deployed inside Kathmandu valley for Xi’s security.

The government has formed a Special Security Co-ordination Taskforce under Lt Gen Sarad Giri, Nepali Army Spokesperson Bigyan Dev Pandey said.

Xi’s security consists of three layers — NA forming the first ring, NID the second and APF the third ring.

Xi’s motorcade went from TIA to Hotel Soaltee under high security. Four of the high-security vehicles were brought from China for Xi’s visit. As many as 50 personnel of Chinese People’s Liberation Army had come to the capital two days before for XI’s visit for security reconnaissance, according to NA.

Spokesperson of NA Pandey said that the special taskforce is also working closely with the PLA of China for the Chinese president’s security. Nepali Army had also carried out aerial patrolling along the route of Xi’s vehicle in Kathmandu.

Meanwhile, the government had directed government staff to line up along the Chinese president’s route to greet him.


A version of this article appears in print on October 13, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


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