Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Crime watch

Kathmandu, Nov 29 Police have rounded up Binod Shrestha, 29, of Kathmandu metropolitan city-18 on charges of being involved in the transaction of illegal drugs.A police squad of the drug control legal enforcement unit nabbed Shrestha red handed when he was going around the town to sell the contraband drugs.Shrestha alias ‘Buff’ was widely known for dealing in illegal drugs in different parts of the city such as Bhurungkhel, Naradevi, Bijeswori, Thamel and the Chettrapati area.“We had been tracking down the dealer upon coming to know about his illegal activities, we were able to round him up today,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Diwasraj Udas said.The police confiscated 33 grams of brown sugar, 437 pieces of Byupronarphin, ampul injections and RS 29,140 in cash from the accused.Police were able to arrest Shrestha after receiving complaints that illegal transaction of drugs was taking place rampantly in the banks of the Bishnumti river.The locals living along the banks of the river had complained during a public hearing held Sunday that the police had turned a deaf ear despite notifying it of the growing illegal trade. The police squad had intervened in the area on receiving charges against the local police that they had themselves given protection to illegal drug dealers like Shrestha and had pestered them when they requested to check the activity.Shrestha had been arrested hours after the public hearing. “We did not arrest him just because of the complaint of the locals, we were tracking him down as soon as we came to know that he had been involved in the illegal activity for a long time,” DSP Udas said.

Meanwhile, police arrested 17 individuals on charges of burglary, extortion and looting in different parts of the Kathmandu valley. It has also seized stolen goods worth thousands of rupees.Police have arrested two individuals on charges of stealing 11 computers including other goods from the Kantipur Hotel Management College at Buddhanagar, New Baneswore.Those arrested on theft charges are Karamdeep Sherpa, 21, of Jiri VDC-7 in Dolakha district and Pasang alias Kalu Sherpa, resident of Jorpati-7, Attarkhel. Karamdeep was working as a guard at the college, police said.The accused had kept the stolen computers and other goods in the house of Rale Tamang in Jorepati. A team led by police inspector of the ward police office Pratap Kumar Gurung had nabbed Sherpa duo from Tamang’s house early Monday morning.The police seized 11 sets of computers, one set of printer, one refrigerator, water filter, three gas cylinders, computer cables including a plastic bag full of forks and spoons from Tamang’s house.The police also took under control a micro bus with plate number Ba. 1 Ja 8691 that was used to carry the stolen goods.

Similarly the police seized Rs 200,000 from an employee working for the Campod Housing Company at Ichhangu Narayan VDC-6 of Kathmandu and arrested three others on charges of stealing materials worth Rs 40,000 kept for the construction of the Sarswoti temple.Those arrested Ek Bahadur Jimma, 25, of Jutbela-1 of Rautahat presently living in Kathmandu, Deepakl Lama, 22, of Chitwan also living in Kathmandu, Deepak Lama, 22, of Bijeswori and Rajesh Shrestha, 24 of Ramecchap presently living in Dallu, Kathmandu. Similarly, police have arrested nearly 12 people on charges of looting, pick-pocketing and arson from different places in Kathmandu.

Meanwhile police arrested a Pakistani citizen, passport numbers AB 7730221, at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Saturday for trying to bring in different goods illegally.Tanvir, the Pakistani national was trying to bring in goods worth about Rs. 400,000 including cigarettes 445 packet, torch lights 4 pieces, fair and lovely 320 pieces, leather jackets one piece and hospital scissor 110 pieces. The goods were packed in 11 suitcases and bags.Police news bulletin Monday said that police have sent him with goods to customs office at TIA for the investigation.

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