Chief of Department of International Relations and Diplomacy of Tribhuvan University (TU) Assistant Professor Dr Khadga KC was targeted by an unidentified group at around 9 pm on Tuesday in Kirtipur. KC, who was driving his car, escaped unhurt in the incident. He concluded that security arrangement in the capital city is not satisfactory.
On Sunday, thieves targeted two houses in Naikap. According to victim Janak Gopali, thieves made off with 10 tolas of gold and Rs 75,000 in cash from his house. Within half an hour, thieves sneaked into another house in the locality and ran away with valuables. Burglars strike again on Tuesday in Naikap and stole gold and cash from four houses. Local Bikash Dhakal informed that all the houses were unattended.
Of late, incidents of thefts have been reported quite often in the capital. However, if the record maintained with the police is anything to go by, thefts in the capital have been reduced. According to Kathmandu Police Chief SSP Uttam Karki incidents of thefts have gone down by some 85 percent.
“Incidents of thefts have decreased drastically as compared to past,” said Karki. He informed that there are some 1,000 professional thieves in the capital, adding that most of them have been jailed already.
SSP Karki revealed that in some cases, thieves released after doing time in the prison, were found involved in another burglary. “Government needs to be attentive on the issue,” he said, “There should be strong legal provision for that.”
He was of the opinion that the solution can’t be found unless jails are developed as penitentiary centers, adding that society too needs to be aware to reduce incidents of thefts.