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500 drivers violate traffic rules in Kathmandu valley daily

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KATHMANDU — As many as 500 people are being punished for violating the lane discipline on Kathmandu roads daily.

The high number of traffic rule violators was recorded as traffic police initiated a special campaign to maintain lane discipline starting on March 21.

Since then, 3,922 motorists and motorcyclists in the Valley have been punished for not adhering to their respective lanes, according to the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division.

The highest number of drivers punished for violating lane discipline on a particular day is 777 with the lowest being just six.

“We had to initiate a special campaign on lane discipline as it was leading to traffic jam as well as the risk of traffic accidents,” said the Division joint-spokesperson DSP Rajendra Dev Bhatta.

Anyone found violating the lane discipline is fined Rs. 200 and also given a one-hour class on the need to follow traffic rules.

Many lane violators are being caught with the help of CCTV cameras installed in various parts of the Valley while some were even apprehended by traffic personnel following them on a motorcycle, Bhatta said.

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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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