Police to provide security to former King Gyanendra

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Kathmandu, Jun 5 (UNI) The government panel formed to study the security arrangements for former King Gyanendra has recommended that the Armed Police Force (APF) should be responsible for his security and the Nepal Army (NA) should assist as required.

The security detachment will number 50 APF personnel and 25 NA personnel, joint secretary of the Home Ministry Mod Raj Dotel told reporters.

Similarly, the committee has also suggested a maximum of 40 security men at Gyanendra Shah's personnel residence Nirmal Niwas, where his son Paras lives.

The Home Minister sent formal letters to the APF and Nepal Army to carry out the report's recommendations, Kantipur said.

Similarly, the committee has also recommended the Nepal Police for the Narayanhiti palace, which is set to be turned into a museum.

The report also mentioned that the existing security arrangements will continue in other nationalised palaces apart from Narayanhiti palace.

The government has provided the former king, Nagarjuna palace on the outskirts of Kathmandu as residence for the time being.

Gyanendra had requested for the residence at Nagarjuna during the meeting with the Home Minister this week.

The monarchy has been abolished with an absolute majority of the Constituent Assembly. A total of 560 voted in favour while there were only four votes against the majority.

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