KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Police arrested Rakesh Agrawal, the owner of the Sarlahi-based Annapurna Sugar Mill and Nawalparasi-based Indira Sugar Mill, from Tripureshwar in Kathmandu on Wednesday evening.
According to police, Agrawal has been arrested on the charge of fraud as he is yet to clear almost Rs 40 million dues of sugarcane farmers. “As Agrawal has millions of dues to clear, a fraud case was filed by the victims. Following the complaints from the victims, police arrested Agrawal from his residence in Kathmandu,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Basanta Kunwar, who is also the spokesperson for Nepal Police.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs, on December 15, directed Nepal Police to arrest owners of the sugar mills if they fail to clear dues of cane farmers.
According to police, Agrawal has paid only Rs 90,000 to the cane farmers out of Rs 40 million.
As sugar mills have not cleared dues worth millions of rupees, farmers from Tarai have been staging protests in the federal capital Kathmandu, demanding their dues be cleared at the earliest.