Police claim record low crime during Dashain

KATHMANDU: Police today claimed that the crime rate has subsided dramatically this Dashain when compared to the previous years. The police have singled out the government’s special security plan for the sharp decline in criminal activities.

According to a statistics unveiled by the police, only four cases of public offense were reported to police during this Dashain, against 31 and 33 reported in the corresponding years - 2007 and 2008.

Murder cases, murder attempts, abduction, drug-smuggling, accidental death, rape, theft and swindling, which were common phenomena around Dashain, were not reported this time, informed visibly elated SP Nawa Raj Silwal, in-charge of Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka.

“We succeeded in creating crime-free festival this year. The credit goes to police-public partnership and pro-active position of the department,” SP Silwal said, speaking to reporters at a press meet organised in the capital today.

“To ensure that organised criminal gang won’t cash in on virtually deserted capital city, we made an elaborate security arrangement,” he added.

He said that the previous festive occasions had been witnessed to increased crime rates as the police battled elsewhere, but in sharp contrast, this time; they gathered security personnel in areas vulnerable to antisocial activities. He also revealed that the government has been in a process to enacting Crime Prevention Programme since past nine months under pressure from public, who he said routinely complained security lapses and heightened fear.

The police had kept a 24-hour vigil over isolated places, banks and financial institutions, shopping malls and crowded areas.

The plan also included deployment of both uniformed and civil-dressed police personnel. The arrangement was made in view of a majority of migrant workers and families going home in Dashain, deserting their apartments in the capital, where likelihood of theft and burglary increases.

According to the statistics, police arrested Bijaya Lama (20), hailing from Thakre- 3 of Kavre, Kumar Majhi of Rolpa, Jayaram Thapa (19) from Hattiban-6 of Makwanpur, Rabindra Thakur (18) from Thodana-8 of Siraha, Sushil Nepali from Tikathali-5 of Lalitpur, Santosh Loudali of Lamjung Beshi Sahar during the period. All of them have been sued as per Public Offense Act.

The police had also intensified nightly check to combat drunk driving.

Crackers seized

KATHMANDU: The police on Sunday seized a huge amount of firecrackers in Sarlahi. The firecrackers were seized from a bus bound for Kathmandu at Haripur. Likewise, Bara police also hauled 462 packets of firecrackers that was being brought from Bihar in India, at Matihawa VDC- 5.— HNS