HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Metropolitan Police Crime Division today rounded up three persons for their involvement in robbing people of cash and valuables posing themselves as Interpol officials in the Capital.
The detainees are Sajan Timilsina, 27, of Jorpati, Bhaiking Subba, 34, of Baneshwor and Sanjog Subba Limbu, 26, of Mahankal, Kathmandu.
MPCD had launched a search operation followed by an input that a new criminal racket was emerging under the cloak of Interpol officials to blackmail unsuspecting people into surrendering their belongings.
DSP Surendra Mainali, chief of Anti-theft Section at MPCD, said the racketeers’ modus operandi was handcuffing their targets alleging them of crime suspects and taking them to secret places for robbery.
On June 9, 2012, the gang took Milan Gurung, 28, of Sunsari under control by putting handcuffs on him and forced him into going to Sinamangal on a taxi before robbing him of Rs 10,000 and fleeing, leaving the victim baffled.
“They first demanded Rs 150,000 from Gurung saying that he was in possession of huge amount of fake currency and that legal action would be taken if he refused to pay the money. Subsequently, the gang robbed him and fled,” DSP Mainali informed. The gang adopted the same modus operandi to rob Jagannath, who goes by his single name, of cash and belongings in Sinamangal in October last year.
MPCD said sleuths rounded up the racketeers from Baneshwor as they were hatching a plot to commit crimes. Police have also confiscated handcuffs from their possession. Possessing handcuffs by any person other than the security forces are punishable by law.
Earlier, MPCD had arrested a three-member gang for robbing people posing as HIV-positives and threatening them to pierce ‘the syringe infected with the virus’ into their body if they refused to surrender their belongings’ in February.