HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Detectives have nabbed two members of an extortion racket that had stirred a wave of panic amongst Christians in the Valley.
The arrested are Binod Kumar Tamang (29) of Kathmandu and Ramesh Pariyar (23) of Gorkha.
A special team caught them from Kalanki in the act of extorting from Sundar Thapa, chairman of Federation of Nepali Christians. Thapa, a native of Kaski, is also pastor of Samakhusi-based Ashish Church.
Police said Tamang and Pariyar had repeatedly threatened to blow up the church and finish off his family if Thapa did not pay the extortion amount of Rs 2 million.
The duo had also demanded extortion money from Devi Prasad Bhujel, pastor of Khumaltar Church and threatened him for refusing to meet their demand.
They had threatened to detonate a bomb and kidnap many more pastors of Valley-based churches to serve their purpose.
“They had made the Christian community panic through bombing, kidnapping and death threats. However, timely response leading to their arrest has thwarted any untoward incident,” an investigator said.
Harried by threats of ‘serious consequences’ in the event of failure to meet their demands, the victims had turned to police for their physical and institutional security.
Police have also launched a thorough investigation into their past criminal records. Tamang and Pariyar have been charged with attempted kidnapping and extortion.