16 drivers nabbed during Dashain on charge of exhorbitant fares

Kathmandu, Oct.17: Sixteen drivers, arrested on the charge of collecting high travel fares from the passengers during Dashain, were forced to celebrate the festival in jail, said police.

“Altogether 16 drivers had to cool their heels in the police cells during Dashain,” said Pradhumna Karki, spokesperson and Superintendent of Police at the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu.

The police nabbed six drivers for their fraudulent acts while the rest faced public offence charges, according to SP Karki.

Some of the arrestees were also ticket counter staff.

The police rounded them up following complaints lodged by the passengers. They pressed charges against the drivers for taking excessive fares and failing to manage vehicles in time.

During the Dashain festival, the Metropolitan Police returned Rs. 1.2 million to 2,500 passengers who had been charged exorbitantly by the drivers, said SP Karki.

The police said that mostly buses and micro-buses ferrying passengers to Nepalgunj, Dang, Dharan, Janakpur and Pokhara cheated the passengers.

The police had set up nine passengers help desks at different major junctions of the capital during the festival, and had called on the people to register their grievances if they were cheated by the transport employees.

Meanwhile, the police have claimed that there were fewer cases of house burglaries and robberies this time compared to last year’s Dashain.

Only eight robbery cases were registered at the police offices in the capital.

Last year, 61 cases of house robbery were filed, said SP Karki.

“As many people are yet to return to the capital from their hometowns after celebrating the festival, the number of robbery cases may go up,” said SP Karki.

Lawmaker Ram Krishna Yadav had informed the police that thieves had stolen a laptop and gold items worth Rs. 100,000 from his rented room at Koteshwore,

Lawmaker Yadav learnt about the robbery when he arrived here from Dhanusha on September 14.

Similarly, thieves have stolen Rs. 500,000 from a house in Lalitpur district.

Except for these two big incidents, no major robbery cases have been reported.

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