Relatives of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Laxman Neupane always advised him to be cautious every time he was transferred to districts considered risky in terms of security during the Maoist insurgency. But he would always reply, “I will work properly. Challenges and risks never discourage me.”
But his death in an attack by protestors in Kailali district came as a great shock to his family members and relatives. “The man who survived the Maoist insurgency got killed in a protest. It’s a great tragedy,” bemoaned Mani Ram Neupane, a relative.
He said SSP Neupane was deputed to sensitive districts like Rolpa and Baitadi during the conflict. SSP Neupane’s family had migrated from Bhojpur to Bhadrapur-13 of Chandragadi VDC in 1962.
Mani Ram said Neupane’s wife and children, who live in Sinamangal in Kathmandu, were inconsolable after the death of Neupane.
SSP Neupane had joined Nepal Police in 1987 as inspector. Last year, he was transferred from Baglung to Kailali district as Seti Zone in-charge.
Pradeep Neupane, a sibling of SSP, said it was only a year ago that the latter had visited Jhapa to meet his relatives. “He was hopeful that he would be promoted to DIG by the time of his retirement. But we lost him,” he said.
SSP Puskal Raj Regmi, a colleague of SSP Neupane, said SSP Neupane was a decent and professional police officer.