Hetauda, April 17
Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has clarified that the government is in no mood to spare anyone involved in spreading violence in the country.
“As the onus of maintaining peace and security is on the government, we can’t just sit by and watch someone spreading violence through acts against the constitution,” the minister told journalists in Hetauda today.
Thapa was here to participate in a province-level security symposium that had started yesterday.
Further, claiming that the government has succeeded in improving security in the country and controlling smuggling and vandalism, the home minister tried to defend the ban on the Netra Bikram Chand-led group on constitutional grounds.
“As the statute clearly proscribes any violent activities under any pretext, the government is merely upholding the constitution by imposing a ban on the activities of a group which is up to spreading terror and violence in the country,” stated Thapa, who, however, hastened to add that the government was also continuing its bid to bring the group into mainstream politics through talks.
Minister Thapa said peace and security were preconditions for development and prosperity of the country.
“When talking about maintaining security, it is admitted that there is some confusion as to the deployment of police in the federal and provincial level as the federal police act is yet to be formulated, but the confusion will simply vanish once the act is ready,” he said.
The two-day conference witnessed the participation of chiefs of security agencies of all 13 districts of the province, besides the heads of those agencies.
Meanwhile, the NCP (NCP) leader also met his party cadres in the district today. The meeting discussed party matters, including the unification process.
A version of this article appears in print on April 18, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.