KATHMANDU – A police personnel who had been deployed as a security guard of visiting the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal has died from altitude sickness, said the police.
The deceased has been identified as Assistant Sub Inspector of Police Tikaram Dhungana. After complaining of health problems, Dhungana was taken to Pokhara by a rescue helicopter today morning. Upon his admission to a hospital in Pokhara, he was declared dead at 9:40 am, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Shrawan Kumar BK.
Dhungana, who reached the Base Camp by a helicopter, complained of respiratory problems upon returning on foot, it has been said. He was posted at the police post at Ghandruk of Annapurna Rural Municipality in Kaski district.
The UN Secretary-General headed to the Base Camp on Tuesday morning as part of his scheduled visit during his Nepal visit. Teams of Nepal Army and Nepal Police were deployed for his security.