Nepal Police has proposed to deploy police attaché at embassies in six countries, including the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations at New York.

As per the plan, a senior superintendent of police will be deployed as police attaché especially in the gulf countries, the favoured countries amongst foreign employees.

Nepal Police, making public its policy plans to journalists, shared the information today.

It also said that the purpose had been time and again taken to the Ministry of Home Affairs but no decision was taken in this regard. A police source said indifference from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had delayed the process, but now MoFA had shown positive response.

SSP Basanta Bahadur Kunwar, spokesperson of Nepal Police said at the press meet that this was likely to be implemented in the near future.

The attaché will be sent to countries such as Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, China, UAE and Bangladesh in the first phase. Until now Nepal has been sending such attaché to neighbouring India.

The established police unit will work to control and address various crimes and untoward activities by Nepalis living abroad. "It will also facilitate various inter-countries policing, exchanging information related to crimes and other legal issues that are not possible to deal through INTER- POL," Kunwar said. Nepal Police also hope that sending police officers to such countries will be helpful in identifying perpetrators and convicts hiding in such countries.

Police records show that at least 80 crime convicts are hiding in various countries. Of them, red notices have been issued to 38 people through IN- TERPOL. "If we establish a police attaché we will be able to arrest and return those criminals.

Which will, in the long run, discourage perpetrators to commit crime inside the country and run away to foreign countries," said Superintendent of Police Sabin Pradhan at the police headquarters.

Establishment of police attaché abroad is also expected to be affective against human trafficking and other issues related to human rights violation.

A version of this article appears in the print on December 28, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.