Crime on the decline in Pokhara

Pokhara, August 4:

With the launch of control room vehicles in mid-June, cases of crime have gone down drastically in Pokhara, the western regional police office has claimed. CRVs, which are on standby in eight squares of Pokhara and Lekhnath round the clock, have controlled criminal activities in urban areas, said deputy inspector general of police Dipendra Bahadur Bista.

CRVs are on standby round the clock in Birauta Chowk, Hallan Chowk, Lakhan Thapa Chowk, Chipledhunga, Bindhyabasini, Bhadrakali Chowk and Amar Singh Chowk in Pokhara and Shishuwa Chowk in Lekhnath, the Pokhara-based regional police office said.

A total of 150 security personnel have been mobilised for the CRV service. Armed with three weapons, five security personnel man each CRV. Once they get information about an incident, the security personnel reach the incident site within 10 minutes, sub-inspector at the control room Rudra Prasad Sharma said.

The service has increased mobility of security personnel and helped control crime, SI Sharma said. Incidents of theft and drug dealing come under the purview of security personnel manning the CRVs, he said.