KDC slaps jail term to Gothatar shootout-accused

KATHMANDU: The Kathmandu District Court (KDC) on Wednesday sentenced three accused of the January 20 Gothatar shootout-- Palden Lama, Pasang Lama and Rameshwor Shrestha-- to jail.

A school kid was killed and three others injured in the shoot out.

SP Ganesh KC, in-charge, Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka, said Palden (24), hailing from Gothatar- 8, Pasang (23) of Kavre and Rameshwor (27) of Cittapol- 4 in Bhaktapur were among those found guilty of the offence.

Seven others accused are still at large. The three were on trial under first-degree murder charge.

The court has also sent Arjun Gurung "Challa", a self-proclaimed don, charged under the Narcotic Drugs (Control) Act, to judicial custody.

Meanwhile, a special squad dispatched from MPR on Saturday nabbed four persons for allegedly robbing Rs 20,000, gold and silver ornaments, an Apple brand iPhone worth Rs 50,000 and a Samsung brand mobile phone set. The arrested have been identified as Bibek Rajbahak (19), hailing from Kathmandu Metropolitan City- 8 and Amir Ale Magar (24) from Dhanusha.

SP KC informed that the duo had robbed the cash and properties from a residence of Santosh Agrawal at Thahiti in Kathmandu on February 5. The police have also recovered the stolen cash and valuables from them. The duo are undergoing trial, he said.

Meanwhile, three ASIs, two Head Constables and eight Constables have faced the music of the Professional Standard Unit (PSU) under the Nepal Police. They were allegedly going against the NP regulation.

"They were arrested acting on the complaints lodged by the general public," SP KC informed. A preliminary investigation showed that they had falsely lured the public by the prospect of money, committed human rights violations and misbehaved with jailbirds in custody.

Urging the general public to lodge complaints against police misconduct, he said that the PSU is a massive clean-up drive in police department.

The general public can call the police at: 01-4261790 or email to: ktmpsu@nepalpolice.gov.np. They can also lodge complaints in person, he added.

Meanwhile, the KDC on Wednesday sentenced Rajiv Gurung “Deepak Manange” to jail for refusing a bail of Rs 25,000 slapped on him by Kathmandu District Administration.