Interpol praises Nepali cops for kidney doc’s arrest

Kathmandu, February 29:

Secretary General of the International Police Organisation (Interpol) Ronald K Noble today recognised eight Nepali police officers for their “professionalism demonstrated in carrying out their law enforcement duties” and expressed commitment to undertake a Nepal Police officer as an attaché at its headquarters in Lyon, France, as requested by the Nepal Police.

Speaking at an interaction with reporters, Noble said the Interpol would hire Nepal Police officers at the Interpol’s headquarters in view of the credibility demonstrated by Nepal Police of late.

“Interpol highly appreciates the work of the Nepal Police for arresting Dr Amit Kumar within a couple of days of issuance of a Red Corner notice against him. “By arresting him within a few days, Nepal Police has proved that it is ‘equally capable’ in crime investigation,” Noble added.

According to him, Nepal showed an exemplary cooperation by quickly deporting Dr Amit to

India. He said the Indian kidney racket allegedly run by Amit Kumar is one of the much-publicised crimes in the world.

Earlier at a function organised at Police Headquarters, Noble gave away letters of appreciation

to IGP Om Bikram Rana, AIGP Keshav Baral, SSP Upendra Kant Aryal, SP Devendra Subedi; DSP Sher Bahadur Basnet, sub-inspector Raju Sharma, assistant sub-inspector Chim Bahadur Tamang and constable Lila Gurung.

Baral heads the Crime Investigation Department at the police headquarters whereas Aryal and Subedi are chief and deputy-chief respectively of the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD). The MPCD arrested Dr Amit Kumar. Basnet headed the investigation team and Sharma, Tamang and Gurung were involved in the team that arrested Dr Amit from Chitwan.

Police officials said this is the first time that any Nepal Police officer received award from Interpol for crime investigation.

In the morning, Noble met Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala at the latter’s residence at Baluwatar.

Noble is here for a two-day official visit. He is the first high-level Interpol official to visit Nepal after the then Interpol Secretary General Raymond Kendal visited Nepal in 1997. Noble, who arrived here yesterday, is scheduled to leave tomorrow.