KATHMANDU, March 27: An unscrupulous gang that defrauded people of more than Rs 136 million by promising to send them to the US as Bhutanese refugees has been busted.
The gang had fleeced 81 people of around Rs 136.3 million so far since 2077 BS, taking them into confidence that they would send them to the USA. Victims said they were charged up to Rs 2 million each.
According to the Kathmandu Valley Crime Investigation Office, the gang allured the people who were in their contact and those in their contact to pay them the amount with a promise that they would send them to the US in the name of Bhutanese refugees.
Superintendent of Police at the Office, Somendra Singh Rathore, said the gang members had made the victims fill up the form to register their names as Bhutanese refugees. All of them who had filled up the form were Nepali citizens.
The gang members used to cheat people, citing they have made a setting with high-officials at the Home Ministry and Bhutanese Refugee Committee. They had allegedly threatened to take life after victims started asking them to return the money after knowing that they were cheated.
After the threat of the gang members, the victims knock on the door of the police. Bank accounts of different persons were found used in collecting money from the victims. Refugee identity cards and travel documents were found to have been made using a government logo in the name of the Home Ministry.
Police have started an investigation arresting three persons in this connection. Those arrested have been identified as Sanu Bhandari, 50, of Mahalaxmi municipality-4 in Lalitpur, Keshav Dulal, 49, of Pathari Sanischare municipality-10 and Tanka Kumar Gurung, 45, of Phidim Municipality in Panchthar.