Kavre, November 2
It has been learnt that some vital documents and other items of the ward office of Kavre’s Namobuddha Municipality-3, have gone missing after the office was looted on Thursday.
After a group had stormed the ward office and decamped with the documents and other items loaded on vehicles, police had accosted three of the vehicles with the loot and returned the items to the ward office.
But according to ward chairperson Ramsharan Humagain, a laptop, three minute books, Rs 30,000 cash and some receipt pads were still missing.
“As the items were kept in the private car of Bishnu Poudel of Namobuddha Municipality-3 and the car sneaked out via a different route, the police couldn’t find the car and the missing things,” Humagain said.
“The persons who had looted the properties of the ward office and were taking them elsewhere fled as soon as they saw us, by leaving the vehicles behind. As for the things ferried in a car, we’re yet to get hold of those things,” said DPO Kavre chief SP Jayaraj Sapkota.
On Thursday, a group of three dozen persons led by Nepali Congress-aligned Former Soldiers Association Kavre district
Chair Indra Prasad Dahal had reached Bhedabari-based ward office and loaded the goods of the office into four vehicles, by keeping the staff and local representatives outside.
Police had later stopped three of the vehicles — three trucks loaded with goods. Ward Chair Humagain was at Land Survey Office in Dhulikhel when the incident occurred.
Ward Chair Humagain linked the incident to the lobbying of Nepali Congress leaders and cadres to shift the ward office to Dahalchaur since a long time ago. Earlier, a meeting of local representatives had decided to shift the ward office to Deurali Danda.
While Former Soldiers Association district chair Dahal claimed that all the looted items have been returned to the ward through the police, Humagain informed that there were preparations to file a charge-sheet against the persons involved in looting government property.
A version of this article appears in print on November 03, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.