Two cops held for ‘letting in’ Tibetans

Kathmandu, November 14:

The Immigration office at Kodari, bordering China, yesterday arrested two police personnel on charge of letting four Tibetans enter Nepal illegally.

The immigration office today brought the two policemen and four Tibetans to the Department of Immigration at Kathmandu.

An official at the Immigration office, seeking anonymity, said, the policemen, head constable Ram Bahadur Khadka and constable Ram Bahadur Sunuwar, working at the Kodari Area Police Office, Sindhupalchowk were arrested by the immigration officials while they were bringing Tibetans to Nepal.

“The police official including inspector Kamal Thapa of the police office are charged with taking bribe of Yuan 3,000 from them to help them cross border into Nepal,” the official said. Thapa, however, has not been taken to custody.

The immigration officials took the step after locals complained that the police themselves are involved in helping Tibetans cross the border into Nepal. The Immigration Department has asked the home ministry, in written, to take action against the police personnel.

Senior Superintendent of Police Kiran Gautam, spokesperson of the Police Police, said action would be taken against the police personnel if they are found guilty.

“Investigations are on. We would take action against the police personnel, including the police inspector, if they are found to have taken bribe,” he said.