Kidnapping gang, including an Indian busted

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Kathmandu, Jan 16: Nepal police have arrested three persons including an Indian who were allegedly involved in a series of kidnappings in Kathmandu Valley for the last few months.

Rohit Paliwal Agrawal, 27, of Agra in Uttar Pradesh, India and two other Nepalese were arrested, local media quoted police as saying.

''Shrestha is driver at Agriculture Development Bank, in Kathmandu while Agrawal and Pandit are in the crystal business,'' police was quoted as saying to Kantipur.

They had started a series of kidnappings a year ago to make quick money, it said.

Police claimed that the three were involved in at least five kidnappings in the past months including the kidnapping of Rajendra Sharma in January last year and released him four days later after his family paid a Rs 800,000 ransom.

Likewise, the same gang kidnapped businessman Ganesh Bihari of Balkhu in February and released him for a Rs 850,000 ransom after keeping him in captivity for four days.

Police informed that the same group was behind the kidnapping of Binod Sharma Neupane from Kalopul a month ago, besides two other cases. Neupane's family paid Rs 760,000 in ransom for his safe release, police said.

Kantipur quoted Deputy Superintendent of Police Sher Bahadur Basnet as saying that the Indian national Agrawal master-minded the kidnappings while Pandit was involved in executing the plans.


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