Police scrap patrol by personnel in civilian clothingThe officials were transferred to Metropolitan Armed Police Force, Maharajgunj after they failed to report any significant achievement.
Metropolitan Police Office, Ranipokhari, on Saturday, organised a meeting with officers who patrol the city in civvies, to report their achievements.
However, after the officials failed to report any significant achievement they were transferred to Metropolitan Armed Police Force, Maharajgunj.
“We don’t have any official mobilised in civilian clothing in the valley now,” said Deputy Inspector General Biswaraj Pokharel, Chief of Metropolitan Police Office, Ranipokhari. “All the 74 personnel, including 57 police constables were transferred on Saturday.”
The officers were supposed to work towards maintaining peace, curb criminal activities, and provide intelligence information. However, they failed to do so, an officer told the post. Barely a week ago, an improvised explosive device had gone off near the house of former Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota in Bhaktapur.
Although no one was injured in the blast, the explosion damaged the compound wall of the house, a van parked near it and window panes of a neighbouring house.
However, police and the intelligence officer were unaware of the incident. According to Pokharel, the personnel in civvies should have had the ability to stop such incidents.
While some of the transferred officers were doing the same work for years, others had been doing it for decades, said Pokharel.
“We received many complaints from the public that the personnel were misusing their power,” said Pokharel. “The whole department’s reputation was on the line.”
However, police plan to mobilise other personnel in civvies to oversee heinous crimes such as terrorism, said a high ranking officer. “The officers will be selected after their capabilities are examined,” he added.