Sunsari, June 2
Nepali Army personnel have been mobilised in Sunsari to beef up security in the run up to the second phase of local levels elections slated for June 28.
NA personnel will maintain security in areas where cadres of Limbuwan and Netra Bikram Chand led CPN Maoist are running anti-election activities in the district. “NA has been mobilised at the office of chief returning officer, polling centres, government offices and on the Nepal-India border,” as per District Administration Office, Sunsari.
Temporary battalions in Dharan, Itahari, Duhabi and Dewangunj are also on standby. “Though there were NA battalions in Inaruwa and Duhabi earlier, we established other battalions temporarily keeping in view poll security,” said NA.
Nepali Army has also assumed security management of Jhumka Prison from today. Captain Pradeep Rai of Batukdal Battalion of NA leads a 40-member team for the security of the prison.
Earlier, the government had decided to hand over security responsibility of all prisons across the country to NA throughout the local levels elections.
Armed Police Force provided security for the prison before NA. “After the elections are over, the personnel of Armed Police Force will be deployed for security of the prisons,” said Chief District Officer of Sunsari Gopal Parajuli.
A version of this article appears in print on June 03, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.