Cops using stolen vehicles go scot free

Dhangadi, October 16

Police personnel using stolen vehicles and allegedly influencing the employees at Transport Management Office, Mahakali, for registration of the vehicles have been allowed to go scot free.

The police personnel were accused of using stolen vehicles registered with fake documents, and staffers at Transport Management Office, Mahakali, were accused of registering stolen vehicles on the basis of fake documents. However, a case has been filed against the employees of the transport office only.

Police had seized as many as nine cars and 25 two-wheeler registered at Mahakali Transport Office with fake documents on July 13. Of the seized vehicles, police officials were found to be using two cars and eleven motorcycles.

After Nepal police personnel were found to have used stolen vehicles, a probe committee led by APF SP Kihsor Dagal stationed at APF Gan Dhangadi was formed on August 3 to investigate into the incident.

The committee prepared a report and subsequently submitted the report to the Far Western Regional Police Office. Probe committee head Dahal and then Chief of the Regional Police Office Romendra Deuja have already been transferred.

A case against Gokul Prasad Shrestha and his assistant Dinesh Bam for alleged involvement in registering stolen vehicles and seven employees of the transport office for abusing government seal and signature to validate stolen vehicles is under way in the court.

At the office of the district attorney, Gokul Shrestha disclosed that police personnel had imported stolen vehicles from India and influenced him and his group to register them with the transport office.

Kanchanpur Police Chief SP Prakash Chand said the case had been filed at the court against the people involved in registration of stolen vehicles after an investigation. SP Chand said since the case was in the court, he could not speak further regarding the incident.

All stolen vehicles used by police personnel have been seized and handed over to Kanchanpur Custom Office. The custom office said that they are in a process to auction vehicles.