Kathmandu, April 22
Inspector General of Police Sarbendra Khanal today claimed that peace and security situation in the country had improved of late.
Speaking at a press meet organised at Police Headquarters, Naxal, today, IGP Khanal said apart from a few cases, police had been able to successfully investigate most of the criminal cases and curb criminal activities to a large extent and maintain peace and harmony in society.
At the press meet, Khanal also sought support from the media in spreading positivity in society by giving some space to good news instead of highlighting only crime stories.
He also said the media had held him solely responsible for Nepali Police’s failure to investigate a few criminal cases in the country. “I know that as head of the organisation I have to take responsibility for prevention of untoward incidents in society, but it is unfair to hold me responsible for all the crimes taking place across the country,” he added.
Talking about the rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta, IGP Khanal said like everyone else he too wanted to identify the guilty and give justice to her. He also said some crime cases might take years before they were solved. Nirmala was raped and murdered on 26 July 2018, but the culprit (s) is yet to be identified.
IGP Khanal added that it was unfair to judge the entire police force on the basis of one particular case. He expressed confidence that the guilty in the murder and rape of Nirmala would be behind bars soon.
A version of this article appears in print on April 23, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.