33 stolen bikes retrieved, handed over to owners

Kathmandu, July 6

Metropolitan Traffic Police Division today handed over 33 motorcycles, which it retrieved from different places of the country, to their respective owners.

SP Surendra Prasad Mainali, MPTD spokesperson, handed over the two-wheelers to respective owners after verification of their documents. The motorcycles were lifted by racketeers from various places of Kathmandu valley over a period of nine years and sold to their clients in rural and peri-urban areas of the country.

MPTD deploys sleuths in remote hill areas to intercept stolen bikes. Almost all two-wheelers lifted from the city are sold to clients in rural parts that have road networks but lack presence of law enforcement officials. Hospital and cinema hall premises, and busy markets are more vulnerable to bike thefts. Racketeers are found selling a stolen bike for Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000, depending on its condition.

SP Mainali suggested the bike owners to park their two-wheelers in secure places with handles locked. Police said that as many as 120 cases of bike theft had been recorded in Kathmandu valley in past one month.

“Carelessness on the part of bikers is the main cause of the problem despite the fact that they are well informed about the daily reports of motorcycle lifting,” he said. On an average, three motorcycles are reportedly stolen from the valley daily.