Pokhara mayor denies metropolis' action behind disappearance of senior officer

POKHARA: Pokhara Metropolitan City Mayor Man Bahadur GC today said that no pressure was mounted on Senior Officer Om Raj Paudel in his official works.

The metropolis' senior officer Paudel has been missing for eight days since the metropolis started discussion on staff management including transfer of staffers into different wards.

In a press meet organised in the metropolis, Mayor GC whose action was held responsible for the officer's disappearance asserted that Paudel was neither tortured nor troubled.

The mayor further told mediapersons that discussion on staff management was underway and it was yet to be determined who would be dispatched to which ward when officer Paudel disappeared.

In the immediate past, after Paudel's disappearance, local level staff union had issued a press release blaming the authorities of trapping, troubling, and inflicting mental torture on the staffers who had different ideologies than the executive authorities.

Whereabouts of Paudel, who had left home in miserable condition at 5:00 am last weekend, is still unknown. It has been reported that that morning, he told his wife that he was unable to take care of his three children and that he could not do enough to support his family anymore.

A rescue team including Kaski District Police Office have launched search operation on the banks of Seti River since they received information on Paudel's disappearance. In the press meet, Kaski District Police Chief, Superintendent of Police Om Bahadur Rana informed that the searching has been intensified in the gorges along Seti River up to Tanahun district.

Police have informed that search was carried out in Seti River based on an information by a woman that a man had jumped into the river from Mahendrapul, at around 5:30 am, last Saturday.