Kathmandu, January 1:

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) and officiating Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Dipak Thangden, today said the number of crimes in the Valley “has decreased after the establishment of metropolitan police structure”.

“There has been a notable decrease in the number of crimes in the Valley, and we have been comparatively successful in finalising our investigation into different crimes,” Thangden said during an interaction organised by the Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC). Surendra Bir Malakar, president of the NCC, pointed out the need of cooperation between the police and businessmen.

Ex-president of the NCC Rajesh Kaji Shrestha, stressed the need to narrow down communication gap between the police and businessmen.

“There is allegation and counter-allegation between the businessmen and the police. The police accuse businessmen of not informing them on time when any crime takes place and the businessmen blame the police of not reaching the spot on time,” Shrestha said. “Therefore, there is a need for better understanding between the police and the businessmen,” he added.

Shrestha asked the police to allow vans to go in and come out of the TIA so that they could ferry goods.