12 arrested for illegally sending Nepalis to join Russian army
December 6, 2023 12:30 PM NPT
By: Arun Bam
KATHMANDU, Dec 6: Nepal Police have arrested members of a group involved in the illicit operation of sending Nepalis to join the Russian army.
The police team has arrested 12 individuals following a multi-day operation conducted in various locations in Kathmandu. These individuals were involved in the illicit activity of trafficking Nepali youths to Russia through India.
The police have taken them into custody by conducting operations at various places in the Kathmandu Valley since November 30.
Among those arrested are Dipen Pariyar, Kshitij Giri, Subhash Lama, Manish Neupane, Rosal Maharjan, Hari Bahadur Bishwakarma, Ishwar Adhikari, Gokarna Aryal, Sujata Dahal, Santosh Adhikari, Santosh Nepal and Drona Dangi.
The police sources have confirmed the arrest of individuals engaged in a range of activities, including recruiting youths for the Russian army, facilitating document preparation, and arranging visit visas.
“We have expedited the operation. It seems that a huge gang is active in this. The number of arrests will increase in a few days,” said the police source. The police investigation has also shown that the gang has convinced a large number of Nepali youths to join the Russian army.
“If you go to the Russian Embassy in the afternoon, you will see a huge crowd of Nepalis. That's all the gang’s work. We are trying to reach the leader of the gang,” said a police officer.
During the initial investigation by the police, the gang facilitated the travel of Nepali youth to Russia from the Tribhuvan International Airport on visit visas.