As the body of slain Senior Superintendent of Police Laxman Neupane was consigned to the flames at Aaryaghat, Inspector General of Nepal Police Upendra Kanta Aryal remembered his last conversation with him.
“You are deployed in a sensitive and strategic district at a time when the constitution-making process has entered a crucial stage,” IGP Aryal had told Neupane just a few days ago. “So you need to remain alert while carrying out duties.”
An injured Nepal Police personnel. (Photo: Tek Narayan Bhattarai/Republica)
(Photo: Tek Narayan Bhattarai/Republica)
Neupane had nodded in the acknowledgement of the challenges but assured IGP Aryal of full proof security in his command area.
Hundreds of people paid their last tribute to the slain SSP Neupane on Tuesday while his body was kept on the premises of Metropolitan Police Circle Office, Gaushala.
Following the condolence ceremony, a funeral procession was carried out at Pashupati Aryaghat amidst gun salute by a squad of the Nepal Police.
In a moving honor to SSP Neupane, family members, relatives and his neighbors, who were present in huge numbers, expressed words of praise and recounted his friendly behavior. Standing with the flowers and incense sticks, they said, he lived to serve country but he was brutally treated in return.
SSP Neupane’s family had migrated from Bhojpur to Bhadrapur-13 of Chandragadi VDC in 1962 and his family has been living in Sinamangal, Kathmandu. SSP Neupane, who had joined the Nepal Police in 1987 as an inspector, was transferred from Baglung to Kailali district as Seti Zone in-charge, last year.
DPM and Home Minister Bamdev Gautam, Former Home Minister and NC General Secretary Krishna Sitaula, UML Vice Chairperson Bidya Bhandari, NC Leader Arjun Narsingh KC, IGP Aryal, Acting Army Chief Rajendra Chhetri, APF IGP Kosh Raj Onta, Home Secretary Surya Prasad Silwal, and Additional Inspector General of Polices, Deputy Inspector General Polices were among those who took part in SSP Neupane’s funeral.
The body of SSP Neupane and five other injured were airlifted to Kathmandu by a Nepal Army chopper. The other injured brought to Kathmandu for treatments were Rabindra Bahadur Dhanuse, Ram Chandra Joshi, Krishna Raj Joshi, Yogendra Bahadur Airee and Janak Meghi. The Nepal Police has also handed other deceased police staffs to their respective families after paying official tribute on Tuesday.