KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Indira Adhikari, 59, had been quick enough to call the police after some goons snatched away her gold necklace weighing 17.5 gm while taking an evening stroll near Pepsicola Town planning on July 25.
Originally from Sindhuli, Adhikari had heard that the metropolitan police and CRV (Control Room Vehicles) reach the crime scene within 5- 10 minutes after being informed of a crime. However, the Nepal Police CRV, in this case, reached the spot about an hour after the incident took place.
The Nepal Police has the reputation for its swift handling of crimes, both petty and organized. However, lack of resources is gradually chipping away at its efficiency.
Though demands have been made for more CRVs so that the police may better maintain law and order, the government cites financial constraints for its inability to address them.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Bhog Bahadur Thapa said the budget allocated by the government is not sufficient for maintenance of CRVs and fuel expenses.
CRVs donated by the government of India in 2007 are hardly sufficient to cover all the areas, said the SSP Thapa.
Of the 61 CRVs, only 47 are functional, said Superintendent of Police at Metropolitan Police Commissioner´s Office, Ranipokhari. “If we get more vehicles we can reach the crime scenes on time,” he said.
Another highly-placed official of the Nepal Police said, “We do not even have enough spare tires.” The Nepal Police has marked some of the areas in the capital as highly prone to criminal activities. But they have not been able to check crimes effectively due to lack of resources.
“The efforts of the ill-equipped Nepal Police in curbing crimes are remarkable but the law enforcing agency is in acute need of resources in order to be able to carry out its duties in an effective manner.