HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Police today arrested a gangster believed to have long been involved in an extortion and fraud racket in the Capital.
Kathmandu police chief Kedar Rijal informed that Ganesh Lama (35) was arrested at Durbar Marg based on a complaint lodged by Pawan Gupta, proprietor of the Teku-based Pioneer Nepal Pvt Ltd.
Lama had allegedly bilked Gupta of Rs 2.5 million in the past 10 months. “He (Lama) repeatedly sent cheques worth the amount in favour of Gupta, but all the cheques bounced,” informed Superintendent of Police Rijal.
“The accused threatened to kill Gupta when he asked Lama for payment,” said SP Rijal.
Lama, who is also the proprietor of Koteshwor-based National Siruwa Kreshwor Dharma JP, a construction contracting firm, had bought bitumen from Gupta on credit on November 31, 2010.
The Khagaharpagu, Kavre, resident is among the ‘wealthiest gangsters’ in Kathmandu, police said at a press conference at Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka.
Since 2004, Lama has been held on two separate attempted murder charges, possession of illegal weapons and public offence charges. In each instance, he was released on bail.
In a separate operation, police today arrested Binda Ghimire (36) of Mahendra- 6, Sunsari, at Tangal on charge of defrauding Mahesh Thapa off Rs 8 lakhs by promising a place in the Nepal Police.
Similarly, police arrested Bhoj Kumar Lama and Waiwa Lama of Kavre and Alek Lama of Sarlahi for threatening and extorting money from businessmen in