KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Preliminary investigation by police has shown that a head constable was involved in setting fire to the archives at the Armed Police Force (APF) Headquarters to destroy evidences of irregularities.
An investigation conducted by Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) revealed that APF Head Constable Ram Krishna Shrestha had recently set fire to the archive building by using kerosene to destroy all documents related to the controversial case of logistics transportation of the para-military force.
According to MPCD Chief Dibesh Lohani, the accused has been sent to Metropolitan Police Circle, Swayambhu, for further investigation after he was found deliberately setting fire to the building.
The fire incident took place at a time when the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) was investigating APF personnel over the use of forged bills in the transportation of APF logistics. At least three sub-inspectors and one head constable of the APF were suspended in the course of the investigation.
Shrestha allegedly decided to burn down all the documents, fearing that he could be proven guilty in the corruption case.