Security Plan to curb crime in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: The Metropolitan Police Range (MPR), Hanumandhoka has enforced 'Security Plan' to fight criminal activities in Kathmandu. The move follows likelihood of surge in cases of hooliganism and loot in the city following the scheduled power cut that has beset the city.

As per the district-level Security Plan, MPR has mobilised the police — in uniform and plain clothes—to man the vulnerable areas of the city during the night-time, with special focus on places reeling under the scheduled load-shedding.

The surge in crime is giving sleepless night to the residents. This is compounded by the 11-hour power cut enforced by the Nepal Electricity Authority.

SP Ganesh KC, in-charge, MPR, who initiated the plan said, "We have set up 54 checkpoints in vulnerable areas of Maharajgunj, Kalimati, Baneshwor, Balaju, Bouddha, Soyambhu, Sorhakhutte, Singhadurbar, Gaushala, Janasewa Durbarmarg, Kamalpokhari and Kirtipur," he informed.

He claimed that a week since the plan was put into action and the crime graph was already sinking . The plan came into force on January 25.

"We have hardly received any complaints of loot, robbery and hooliganism during the period of one week after the enforcement of the plan," he added.

On an average, 85 suspects have been detained by the police for interrogation each day.

SSP Rana Bahadur Chand, in-charge of the Metropolitan Police Crime Division, appealed to all to keep themselves alert and inform the police about any suspicious activities.

"The police is capable of handling any criminal activities provided that the public cooperate fully and provide us the information," he assured.