Chinese embassy expresses concern over arrest of those involved in ATM forgery

Published On: September 2, 2019 08:00 PM NPT By: Kamal Subedi  | @Inspiredkamal

KATHMANDU, Sept 2: Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu has expressed concern over the recent arrest of a gang of Chinese nationals who were detained for their alleged involvement in ATM hacking in various banks.

Feng Shaolin, the first secretary at the embassy reached Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu to meet the five Chinese arrestees on Sunday evening, according to sources. 

"After we arrested and unveiled the gang yesterday, the Chinese diplomat came here and stayed for about one and a half hour to meet them," sources told Reupulica Online. 

He had also called on MPR chief Uttam Subedi at the latter's office. He urged Subedi to carry out a fair investigation stating that the gang has defamed home country China.

The Chinese diplomat also met each of the members of the gang during his stay at the MPR. "They exchanged some dialogues in Chinese which we could not understand," police sources said. 

Police arrested Lin Jianmeng, Luo Jialei, and Zhu Liangang. Qiu Yunqing and Chen Bin Bin in connection with their involvement in stealing money from ATMs by hacking banking data.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of police personnel from Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, was mobilized to arrest them for the investigation. The police team was able to first arrest one Zhu Liangang when he was withdrawing money from an ATM booth of Nabil Bank at Durbar Marg. 

Following the incident, police also held yet another Chinese national based on information obtained from the arrested gang. He has been identified as 36-year-old Xu Luc Li. Police arrested him when he was about to board a Chinese aircraft.

As part of its investigation into the recent ATM forgery in the capital, Metropolitan Police Crime Range have also arrested Roshan Shrestha, Rewati Dawadi and Debanath Lamichaane, the owners of Nepalaya Money Exchange and Deso Money Exchange.

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