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Nepal Army takes charge of cantonments

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 11, 2012

Kathmandu, April 10: In a dramatic turn of events, the Nepal Army and the Armed Police Force on Tuesday took control of all the

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Maoist cantonments, their security, arms and the combatants as the security situation deteriorated in the cantonments and the chain of command of the Maoist army turned dysfunctional.

The army and the APF were deployed for security at the cantonments — APF is responsible for security of three satellite cantonment — following an instruction from the government. A company led by a Nepal Army major has been deployed for the security of each main cantonment while a platoon under a captain has been deployed at each satellite cantonment.

The government issued the instruction as per the decision of the Special Committee meeting held following a meeting of the top leaders of the major three parties.

“The situation in the cantonments seemed to be going out of control of the commanders. The chain of command in the cantonments became dysfunctional,” said Balananda Sharma, coordinator of the secretariat of the Special Committee, of the dramatic move taken by the government and the Special Committee.

“We also fear that arms used for the security of the perimeter of the cantonments might also be taken out,” he further said.

By 10 pm, the army had taken control of the arms and security at the cantonments in Chitwan and Ilam, according to Sharma, while the process of handing over the arms and the security of the cantonments at Surkhet, Rolpa and Nawalparsi was under way.
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