The police have apprehended 207 petty offenders from the city in the last 20 days as part of a clandestine operation carried out in advance of the Christmas season.
This morning, the Metropolitan Police Range in Kathmandu made the names of these minor criminals public for the first time. The majority of them had been apprehended while riding public transportation. They were also arrested in public settings, which is something else they have in common.
Pickpockets, bag snatchers, mobile phone and chain snatchers, among other criminals, were among those detained.
According to an order issued by the Kathmandu District Court, 46 of the arrested individuals have been placed in judicial detention following the completion of the inquiry. The police are still looking into the arrests of 161 people.
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According to Superintendent of Police Ramesh Basnet of the Metropolitan Police Range in Kathmandu, they have widely mobilised cops in civil dress within public vehicles and public spaces because petty crime grows dramatically during the festive season, according to The Himalayan Times. It was his observation that practically all pickpockets worked in groups inside public transportation cars. “Each group consisted of at least six offenders who worked in pairs of three sub-groups, with a total of twelve in total. Once they had located their prey, the perpetrators pretended to be strangers and encircled them inside automobiles, stealing money and other valuables from them in exchange for their co-operation and cooperation.”
Pickpockets used sign language to communicate while in the field, according to police. ‘D
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