Keeping in view possible security threats in and around the Constituent Assembly building, the government on Thursday made heavy security arrangements by deploying additional security force and making lawmakers, government staffers and media persons undergo security check to avoid any untoward incident.
Stating that the security check was unnecessary, the UCPN (Maoist) said the government had turned the CA into barracks by making heavy security arrangements.
Lawmakers of the UCPN (Maoist)-led alliance at the CA meeting on Monday had vandalized the meeting hall after the ruling parties decided to start the process for promulgating new constitution through two-thirds majority. The CA secretariat estimated that lawmakers caused damages worth Rs 3 million and injured a few marshals in the scuffle.
Keeping in view the possibility of a similar incident on Thursday, additional security-marshals, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force personnel were deployed, said DIG Hemanta Bahadur Pal, in-charge of security in the CA.
According to the police, more than 315 marshals inside meeting hall, over 100 personnel at entry gates for security check, 80 in the CA premises and more than 500 personnel from Nepal Police and 500 APF personnel were deployed in the prohibited areas outside CA during the day on Thursday. Police had also used mirror reflector and vehicle scanners. –
“The security check was not intended to demoralize the visitors or lawmakers but to provide foolproof security inside the CA,” DIG Pal said. The lawmakers had been asked to get off their vehicles outside the CA hall and allowed inside only after a thorough body search. During the security check, police had seized lighters, tobacco, coins from the lawmakers.
Meanwhile, marshals during security check recovered 10 packs of chilli powder from the Constituent Assembly hall. According to Spokesperson at the CA Secretariat Mukunda Sharma, as many as 10 packs of chilly power were found in the CA meeting hall. “We are investigating to find who placed the packs of chilli powder inside the CA hall,” he said.
The opposition lawmakers have refuted allegations that they had placed the packs of chilli powder in the CA hall. The CA secretariat on Wednesday had formed a five-member committee under the leadership of CA Secretariat General Secretary Manohar Prasad Bhattarai to investigate into the Monday night’s incident.