KATHMANDU: The armed police force has been increasing the number of border outposts as the infection of COVID-19 increases in State no. 2.
The APF is working to increase the number of BOPs from 50 to 123, according to the chief of the APF battalion in Chinnamsta DIG, Krishnabhakta Brahmacharya.
The BOPs are being increased in order to increase vigilance to check activities in the border area, as well as contain the spread of the coronavirus. State no. 2 shares 464 kilometers of border with India and 73 new BOPs are being added in three phases, said DIG Brahmacharya. The first phase will see 12 news posts to be followed by 24 and 37 in the second and third phases.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state, the APF has set up 59 forward operating bases (FOB) in various border transit points of the state. The FOB has been controlling the illegal entry of people into the country and sending people cleared for entry to the quarantine centres. The APF has been running 559 beds quarantine in 20 different locations of the state.
It has also been coordinating with the border vigilance committee led by ward chairs of the 133 wards in the local levels of eight districts that are neighbouring with India.