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.
Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded
BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.
The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.
Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.
Transportation has also been halted.
Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.
Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.
The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.
Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.
Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.Follow @gorkhapost