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Proliferation of Small Arms a Threat to Security in Nepal

1 May 2016

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

The illicit proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons is posing a serious threat to security in the Kathmandu Valley. Officials fear smuggling and easy availability of such firearms is likely to give rise to criminal activities if timely action is not taken. Police have seized six firearms over a period of last seven months. This is a testimony to the growing gun culture in the Valley. Though the small arms are rarely used in killing, criminal gangs... (

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Global Arms Smuggling and Trafficking Increases Gun Crime

21 April 2016

Telegraph (Nepal), Opinion

No doubt, the country is being increasingly inflicted by smuggling and illegal trade of small arms. This fast festering malaise has intensified serious crimes like murder, extortion, death threats, abduction and robbery. Fears are palpable that the growing market of small arms in the country may wreck the social fabric of the country. This is also hampering the efforts towards overcoming the social and economic trauma left by the decade-long armed conflict. However, the... (

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Firearms a Big Threat in Nepalese Valley, Police Operations Target Smugglers

22 June 2014

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Small arms and light weapons are posing a big threat to public security in Kathmandu Valley. Cases of the past four days show how smuggling and illegal trade of firearms continues unabated in the Valley resulting in a surge of various criminal activities. A 21-year-old was caught with a pistol and three rounds of bullets from Chabahil yesterday. The boy and his friends used to threaten and extort money from local vegetable and fruit shops, said police.... (

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Smuggling of Firearms Up in Nepal

12 April 2014

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Smuggling and illegal trade of small arms continues unabated in the Kathmandu Valley despite the law enforcement agency's efforts to curb crimes. The rise in smuggling of small arms into the valley has resulted in surge of crimes like murder‚ extortion, death threats, abduction and robbery. A team from the Armed Police Force arrested three suspects, including two women, with a USA made automatic pistol, nine bullets and two magazines from Boudhha-based... (

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Editorial: Nepal's Laws on Arms Possession Must Be Made More Stringent

19 March 2014

Ekantipur (Nepal), Editorial

Two weeks ago, the police arrested billionaire Mahesh Bahadur Singh on charges of extortion, abduction and loansharking. Upon searching Singh's home in Bhanimandal, Lalitpur, police discovered four .22 long rifles, two 12-bore shotguns and one air gun along with 97 rounds of .22 cartridge, 29 12-bore cartridges and four magazines. According to SSP Ramesh Kharel, police chief of Kathmandu, Singh would reportedly display his guns to the people who owed him money and ask... (

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Six Indians Arrested in Nepal for Alleged Arms Smuggling

27 February 2014

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Six Indian nationals have been arrested at Biratnagar in eastern Nepal and arms and ammunition seized from them, Nepal Police said Thursday. Muralidhar Das, Bikas Kumar Paswan, Nitesh Kumar Yadav, Pramod Kumar Tanti, Phantus Tanti and Subodh Paswan of Bhagalpur district in India's Bihar state, who entered Nepal in a Tata Indica car, were arrested Wednesday evening. Morang district's Superintendent of Police Bishworaj Pokharel said five 7.65 mm and 9 mm... (

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Smuggling of China-Made Weapons Highlights Bangladesh as Transit Point

4 February 2014

al Jazeera

A recent court verdict in Bangladesh in a case almost 10 years old has brought into focus the continuing scourge of weapons-smuggling from China into South Asia. A judge in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong last week sentenced 14 men to death for their role in what was an aborted bid to smuggle in 1,500 boxes of weapons that needed ten trucks to carry. Among those sentenced were a prominent Bangladesh opposition leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, several top... (

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Illegal Guns a Threat in Nepalese Election

19 October 2013

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

BIRGUNJ - Security agencies had months ago said small arms in the Tarai region could pose a serious threat during the elections. And now reports that candidates from different political parties and criminal groups are importing small arms from across the border have but alerted the security bodies. Sources said that security forces' focus on safety of the general public and overcrowded border points have made it easier for those who are sneaking such illegal weapons... (

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Arrest May Prove 'China Link' in Supply of Arms to India Insurgents

3 September 2013

Nagaland Post (India)

NEW DELHI - In a significant breakthrough that could provide the first evidence of alleged Chinese involvement in supply of arms to Indian insurgent outfits, Thailand on Saturday picked up a key middleman whose identity had been disclosed by arrested NSCN (I-M) operative Anthony Shimray. Indian Express report stated that Willy Naruenartwanicha, referred to as Willy Narue by Shimray, is a Thai national and was picked up at India's request. According to Shimray, Willy... (

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Nepal Govt Collects Over 6,700 Illegal Arms

22 August 2013

Global Times (China)

The government of Nepal has collected over 6,700 illegal arms used by the citizens as well as criminals after issuing public notices to surrender the weapons, Nepal's Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on August 22. "As of Thursday, the number of arms brought under the government's control has reached 6,745 units," Uddab Bhattarai, a Ministry spokesperson, told Xinhua. The arms include rifle, homemade gun, pistol and revolver, said Bhattarai, adding that they were... (

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Nepal District Police Collect Over 200 Illegal Weapons in Amnesty

7 May 2013

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

ROLPA - District Police Office DPO, Rolpa has collected 227 illegal weapons so far from the district following the government's call to people owning illegal firearms to surrender them to police in exchange for a pardon. According to DSP Saroj Paudel of DPO, the fire arms were collected from different parts of the district. Of the collected guns, as many as 225 were loaded guns and two were handmade pistols. Police thanked all the locals who had voluntarily submitted... (

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Nepal Extends Illegal Arms Amnesty Programme

18 April 2013

Khabar South Asia

As Nepal gears up for fresh Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, the government has extended a campaign to recover illegal weapons that proliferated in the country during its decade-long insurgency. In late February, the cabinet announced a one-month amnesty in which those possessing illegal small arms could surrender them to police or district officials without legal repercussions. Normally, the penalty for possession of illegal weapons is a five-year prison term and... (

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Nepal Police Concerned Over Rise in Illegal Guns, Crime in Valley

17 April 2013

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Metropolitan Police Circle, Balaju, raided a rented house at Mitranagar, and rounded up four crime suspects with a cache of illegal weapons yesterday. Acting on intelligence input, an MPC team backed by local armed police had cordoned off the house late at night before carrying out a thorough search in all rooms. Officials informed that Yam Bahadur Thapa, 23, of Gorkha, his sister-in-law Alisha Gurung, 20, of Gorkha, Pankaj Malla, 19, of Banke and Rudra... (

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Nepal Citizens Reluctant to Give Up Illegal, Unlicensed Guns in Amnesty

31 March 2013

República (Kathmandu)

RAUTAHAT - Even as the 35-days deadline given by District Police Office, Rautahat ended on Saturday, no one in the district handed over illegal arms in their possession to the police. DPO, while issuing the deadline, had even told the locals that they would not face action if they submit illegal arms in their possession within the given deadline. "We are aware that many locals possess illegal arms in the district but they are reluctant to hand them over to the... (

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Easily Available Home-made Handguns, 1st Choice of Criminals in Nepal

11 March 2013

Kantipur (Nepal)

PARSA - An 18-year-old boy brandished a pistol to threaten one of his friends over a minor dispute while playing snooker at Maisthan in Birgunj last Thursday. Fortunately, the situation was brought under control as police reached the incident site immediately. The boy, however, managed to flee the scene upon seeing the police personnel. On August 24, 2012, Rama Shankar Mandal, general secretary of the Madhesi Factory Workers' Forum, was shot dead by an unidentified... (

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Nepal Decides to Endorse UN Small Arms Treaty

9 March 2013


KATHMANDU - With the objective of controlling the illegal trade of small arms like pistol, Nepal has decided to endorse the UN small arms convention which is being discussed among the UN members at present. "Nepal supports the bid to regulate and control the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons," the Kathmandu Post quoted a government official, as saying, on Saturday. "It is of prime importance that the small arms do not reach the non-state actors, who may... (

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Guns Easily Available in Nepal, Especially Among Youth

6 March 2013

República (Kathmandu)

DHANGADHI - Authorities have expressed concerns over the spike in criminal activities resulting from the increased possession of small arms among youths in Kailali district. Easy availability of weapons across the border (in India) and the weapons left lying around from the insurgency period have been blamed for the problem. "Nowadays the Dhangadhi town has been witnessing increasing number of criminal activities and small arms have been used in many of such... (

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Nepal Govt Asks Citizens to Submit Illegal Guns

2 March 2013

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - The Ministry of Home Affairs today appealed to all concerned to submit all types of weapons, both small and large, to the concerned District Administration Office, District Police Office or the nearest police unit by March 28, failing which legal action under the Arms and Ammunition Act-1963 would be initiated. The move follows the growing possession and use of unlicenced weapons, small arms in particular, among the persons with criminal mindset to disturb... (

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Number of Illegally Held Guns Leads to Month Amnesty in Nepal

2 March 2013

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - The Ministry of Home Affairs today appealed to all concerned to submit all types of weapons, both small and large, to the concerned District Administration Office, District Police Office or the nearest police unit by March 28, failing which legal action under the Arms and Ammunition Act-1963 would be initiated. The move follows the growing possession and use of unlicenced weapons, small arms in particular, among the persons with criminal mindset to disturb... (

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Army Allege Over 100 Chinese-Made Guns Seized on Kashmir Border

27 September 2012

Hindu (Chennai)

Army on Thursday said it has found over 100 assorted weapons of Chinese make near the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of Kashmir. "More than 100 weapons, including 98 pistols, have been seized near the Line of Control in Keran Sector of Kupwara district," an army spokesman said. He said the recoveries included 10 AK rifles and two assault rifles of other makes. "The weapons are of Chinese make and the packing material like newspapers are also Chinese," the... (

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