Kathmandu Valley witnesses 103 incidents of crime during Dashain

Published On: October 28, 2023 12:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: Dashain festival this year has become peaceful except for a few incidents in the Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts), said the traffic police.

Although there were sporadic incidents of crime from Fulpati– the seventh day of Dashain on October 21– to October 27, there were no major criminal activities including thefts, robberies and road accidents, said Senior Superintendent of Police Dinesh Raj Mainali, spokesperson for the Kathmandu Valley Police Office. In terms of peace and security, this year's Dashain has concluded more amicably than in the previous years.

During the festival, a monitoring took place by forming a special security plan and police in civvies were deployed in the potential risky areas. Surveillance took place in all three districts using trained dogs and drones, he said.

"No efforts were spared in the security arrangements. Police were mobilized in civvies and even drones and dogs were used for surveillance. Dashain became peaceful as surveillance was done by mobilizing additional workforce. Now, there is a plan to continue surveillance until Chhath," he said.

However, sporadic incidents of crimes took place during Dashain. A total of 103 incidents took place from October 21 to  October 27. Two people were killed and 118 others were injured in these incidents, said Mainali.

Of the total incidents, 51 were related to road accidents killing one and injuring 73. According to the police, one person died and 13 others were injured in 13 incidents of fighting. 

Similarly, 10 incidents of theft took place during the period. Similarly, there were two incidents relating to the use of sharp weapons that left three people injured. Three gambling related incidents took place and the total 22 gamblers were arrested (seven from Kathmandu, 13 from Lalitpur and two from Bhaktapur). Around Rs 500,000 was confiscated from them, said the police.



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