The government has named Sarbendra Khanal new chief of the Nepal Police and Shailendra Khanal the new chief of the Armed Police Force. A cabinet meeting held at Prime Minister KP Oli’s official residence has chosen the chiefs of the two police forces a day before the heads of both organizations are due to retire, Minister for Labor and Employment Gokarna Bista told journalists while emerging from the meeting.
Sarbendra Khanal will lead the 72,733-strong police force responsible for maintaining law and order, for the next 21 months. Shailendra Khanal will lead the 37,000 paramilitary Armed Police Force. Established in 2001 to counter the Maoist armed insurgency, the paramilitary force is now focused on providing security to vital installations such as airports and telecommunications towers and on border security..
The terms of outgoing IGP Prakash Aryal and 15 additional inspectors general and nine DIGs expire on Wednesday. Likewise the terms of chief of the paramilitary force Singha Bahadur Shrestha and AIGs Prem Shahi and Prakash Ojha expire the same day.
The selection of the police chiefs had became a bone of contention between the two ruling coalition partners CPN (Maoist Center) which has the home portfolio and CPN-UML which leads the government. Given this friction, a cabinet meeting held earlier in the day had ended inconclusively. DIGs Ramesh Kharel, Pushkar Karki and Dhiru Basnet were also in the race to lead Nepal Police and AIGs Shahi and Ojha were eying the coveted post of paramilitary force chief.
IGP बनेलगतै सर्बेन्द्र खनालले आफ्नो पदबाट राजिनामा दिएर गएका रमेश खरेललाइ यस्तोसम्म भने, अब के गर्लान खरेल ?