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Nepal Police says special bureaus in provinces can make investigation effective

  • Officials attribute low rate of case settlement to work overload, lack of manpower
- NAYAK PAUDEL, Kathmandu

Apr 14, 2019-

Nepal Police is planning to set up its special bureaus at the provincial level to reduce the work overload at the centre.

According to high-level officials at Nepal Police, they are planning to establish units of Central Investigation Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Special Task Force, Human Trafficking Bureau and Cyber Crime Control Bureau, among others, in provinces.

“The bureaus at the centre have been overloaded with cases from across the country. We need their units at the provincial level for effective investigation,” Senior Superintendent of Police Uttam Raj Subedi, spokesperson for Nepal Police, told the Post. “We will also have to increase our manpower strength when special bureaus are set up in provinces,” said Subedi.

The case settlement rate of Nepal Police has been poor, which officials attribute to lack of human resources and work overload.

As per the 56th annual report of the Office of the Auditor General, which was made public on Friday, out of 39,315 cases registered with Nepal Police last year, only 13,596 (about 35 percent) were resolved.

The report also shows that the number of cases increased by 25 percent in the fiscal year 2017/18 compared to 2016/17.

“Criminal activities are more advanced nowadays due to which we require special bureaus with experienced manpower in all provinces,” said Subedi.

Officers at the special bureaus at the central level have also called for setting up units at the provincial level for effective investigation.

“The provincial police should have special bureaus so that they can carry out investigations. These bureaus can always seek assistance from the central bureaus,” Superintendent of Police Uma Prasad Chaturvedi, spokesperson of Central Investigation Bureau, told the Post.

The Central Investigation Bureau had sent a proposal to the Secretariat of Inspector General of Police to establish its unit in all seven provinces a couple of weeks earlier.

Besides establishing special bureaus at the provincial level, Nepal Police has also expedited the process to establish police laboratories in provinces.

 “Police laboratories in Dharan and Nepalgunj will soon come into operation. The laboratories outside the Valley will be helpful in preserving evidence and offering forensic assistance,” said Subedi.

Published: 15-04-2019 07:00

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