Nepal: Government Puts Army, Military Police on High Alert
Posted by Ka Frank on November 4, 2009
Govt puts security agencies on high alert
Nepal News, November 3, 2009
The government has directed all four security agencies to stay on high alert in the wake of nationwide protests launched by the Unified CPN (Maoist).
A marathon meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Singha Durbar Tuesday afternoon arrived at the decision to put the security mechanisms on high alert.
Chief of Army Staff Chhattraman Singh Gurung, Inspector General of Armed Police Force (APF) Sanat Kumar Basnet, Inspector General of Nepal Police Ramesh Chand Thakuri, and National Investigation Department (NID) chief Ashok Dev Bhatta were also invited at the cabinet meeting.
At the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, the security chiefs were asked to take necessary measures to control any critical situation during the Maoist protests, it is learnt.
Meanwhile, communication minister and government spokesperson Shankar Pokharel, who left the meeting early, told reporters that the government had concluded that the Maoists were violating the peace accord. He added that the government would be forced to deploy army if the Maoist protests took a violent turn.
The Maoists declared nationwide protest movement beginning November 1 as part of their campaign to restore ‘civilian supremacy’. The Maoist party has announced plans to picket Singha Durbar with a crowd of 100 thousand people and choke the capital valley by enforcing a blockade, among others.