Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today said that Nepal Police was committed to dismantling criminal networks and curbing nefarious activities.

Addressing the 66th Police Day organised in Kathmandu, he directed the security agency to perform its duties and responsibilities, and exercise the powers conferred by the prevailing law with high morale. "Fair crime investigation and law enforcement provide a basis for ending the culture of impunity and giving justice to the victims. I strongly encourage Nepal Police not to be carried away and influenced by any private interest and forces, and to ensure that criminals are booked to ensure that security prevails," he said. Prime Minister Deuba also stressed the need for Nepal Police to find ways to tackle cybercrime, which crosses national boundaries.

"Development of science and technology has been a boon for criminal networks globally. Therefore, the security agency is required to remain vigilant against it," he suggested.

Minister of Home Affairs Balkrishna Khand said the government was committed to equipping Nepal Police with technological resources and means to strengthen its efficiency, capacity and professionalism against crime.

He also praised the Nepal Police for the bravery demonstrated by its employees and its devotion to the nation and people during pressing times of COV- ID-19 pandemic. Minister Khand directed police personnel to adhere to the chain of command and remain loyal to the rule of law Earlier, Prime Minister Deuba laid a wreath at a memorial on the premises of Nepal Police Headquarters, Naxal, paying tribute to police personnel killed in the line of duty.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 7, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.