HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Police have caught a law enforcement officer on the wrong side of the law.
A team nabbed APF head constable Kamal Prasad Dulal (34), posted at the Matatirtha-based Armed Police Force Academy, with Narendra KC of Matatirtha while they were riding away a Pulsar motorcycle numbered Ba 50 Pa 2535 at Gothatar around 7 pm yesterday after ‘lifting’ it at Pepsicola. A preliminary investigation suggests Dulal’s association with a Capital-based bike theft racket. “Dulal had ganged up with KC to lift motorcycles and smuggle them to remote areas of neighbouring districts where the presence of law enforcement authorities is thin,” an officer said.
Officials revealed that racketeers sell around 99 per cent of motorcycles stolen in the Kathmandu Valley to clients in rural areas for Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000 depending on the condition of the bike, brand and lot. The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division concedes that racketeers prefer to sell bikes stolen in the valley to clients in other districts in view of intensified screening of driving licences and vehicle ownership certificates.
On an average, four motorcycles get stolen in the valley every day.
There have been sporadic incidents of police officers’ involvement in illegal activities. In February, police arrested Jagadish Khadka, an APF head constable stationed at the Guheshwori Battalion, with 185.9 gm of brown heroin. While in April, Kedar Singh Pariyar (23), a police officer stationed at the Tanahun-based Manakamana Battalion, landed in police net for robbing a man of his belongings in Gongabu.