No shelter for cops guarding borders
BANKE, AUG 14 -
Armed Police Force ( APF ) personnel deployed on Nepal-India border virtually do not have roofs over their heads.
A temporary border security post (BSP) made up of tent material in the bordering area of Hirminiya in Banke, where the APF personnel are living in, is in a dilapidated condition. The roof leaks when it rains heavily and is always in danger of blowing away when it storms, said Inspector Ramesh Adhikari, in charge of the post.
He said that they were forced to tie up all their material and equipment and put them in a safe place so as not to lose or destroy them. The post is in danger of being submerged if it rained continuously, he informed. APF SP Rajendra Basnet said that a tent was given to the post only after he urged the authorities concerned to provide them with shelter. The APF is assigned to look after 20 kilometres along nine VDCs on the border and rescue victims in case of natural disasters.
Meanwhile, 10 temporary BSPs on the Nepal-India border at Banke, Bardiya, Dang, Kailali and Kanchanpur are struggling to operate due to a lack of human resources and other infrastructure. In some cases, APF personnel are discharging their duties from the rooms of government office buildings as they lack their own buildings. The security personnel at Gangapur also said that they were forced to sleep in a crammed room of a VDC building due to a lack accommodation.
Posted on: 2012-08-14 08:37