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Crimes of Shrestha kidnapper revealed



KATHMANDU: Central Investigation Bureau of Nepali Police today revealed the details of Rohit Paliwal Agrawal alias Babu alias Rohit Sharma (32), a ringleader of kidnapping-for-ransom racket in Nepal and the mastermind behind the abduction of Dr Bhaktaman Shrestha, the executive director of BP Memorial Cancer Hospital, Bharatpur.

A CIB squad led by DSP Bhupendra Khatri arrested Agrawal with 54 grams of brown heroin from Bhimdutta Municipality- 6 of Mahendra Nagar on Wednesday.

“We caught him along with one of his associates Rabindra Agrawal based on information that he is trying to sneak into Nepal to plot another crime,” informed DIG Rajendra Singh Bhandari, CIB in-charge.

“They were travelling in a car bearing Indian licence plate when the police stopped them”. CIB has also impounded the car. Agrawal, a resident of Firojabad in Uttar Pradesh, was featured in Nepali Police’s most wanted list ever since he together with six associates, including Bhimsen Pandit of Nuwakot, kidnapped Dr Shrestha from Bharatpur, Chitwan, on May 18. Dr Shrestha was released from Majhimtar of Dhading after 19 days of captivity in Nuwakot and Kathmandu.

According to a police report, the family of Dr Shrestha had given a ransom of 3.5 kilograms gold for his release.

DIG Bhandari informed that Agrawal was involved in three kidnappings, including that of Dr Shrestha, one murder attempt and possessing illegal weapon.

“Agrawal shot at Sachin Gupta on September 2, 2007, after an unsuccessful bid to abduct him. He kidnapped Binod Kumar on December 17, 2007, and Omkar Bhattachan on January 6, 2008, said DIG Bhandari. The victims were businessmen in Kathmandu. Agrawal was remanded to judicial custody for kidnapping and possessing illegal arms.

“The criminal served nine months in jail and was later released on bail,” said DIG Bhandari.

During interrogation, Agrawal told the police that there were three more people behind the abduction of Dr Shrestha. With Agrawal’s arrest, four of the abductors have come into police net so far. Earlier, the police had arrested Badri Dhungana of Nuwakot, Sunil Shrestha of Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, and Nabin Chhetri of Darjeeling. Pandit, Lupa Tamang, Gautam Yonjan and three more as stated by Agrawal are still at large.

Supreme Court Justice Rana Bahadur Bam was embroiled in controversy after Agrawal and Pandit, who were earlier acquitted by Patan Appellate Court, kidnapped Dr Shrestha.

Bam had acquitted them when he was a judge at the appellate court.

The police did not parade Agrawal before the media and he was handed over to District Police Office, Chitwan.

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