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Bodies of entrepreneur Rathi‚ kidnap mastermind found in India

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BIRATNAGAR: Twenty three days after his abduction, Biratnagar-based entrepreneur Gangabisan Rathi, 69, was found murdered in India.

Organising a press conference, Police Range commissioner in Siliguri Aanand Kumar disclosed that Rathi was killed 23 days after his abduction. According to information given by Kumar to Biratnagar’s entrepreneurs via telephone, Rathi’s body was found beyond recognition.

In a press conference, Kumar informed Rathi was strangled to death and his body had been dumped into the Tista River in Sikkim. Kumar said the mastermind in Rathi’s abduction Chandra Chudal, who claimed to be the chairman of Shiva Sena Party, was also found dead. Police from India and Nepal and family members accepted the bodies today evening.

Nepal Police, however, had not confirmed the incident as of Saturday night. Morang SP Niraj Bahadur Shahi said they could not confirm until the police team deployed to India returned.

Police had launched a search on the basis of information given by the arrested abductors SK Mishra and Avijit Basu to Indian police on Tuesday and found the bodies of Rathi and Chudal. A day after Rathi’s abduction, Chudal was killed and Rathi was strangled to death the same day.

Abductors the Indian police arrested admitted they killed both Rathi and Chudal after they could not agree on the ransom amount. After Rathi was killed on January 11, the kidnappers demanded US $ 2 lakh from Rathi’s son. After family members paid Rs 5 million, the abductors had disappeared. Police launched search after his son Haribansa filed a case at Morang DPO on January 18 because the abductors did not release Rathi even after the ransom amount was paid.

A police team was formed under DSP Uma Prasad Chaturvedi to search for Rathi. Police arrested the two abductors in collaboration with Indian police. On January 10, Chudal had called Rathi for a secret meeting and had taken him to Siliguri in his private car. After Rathi was handed over to Indian criminals, a dispute had surfaced over the ransom amount. Morang police source said Indian criminals had murdered Chudal to cover up the incident.

Rathi was former chairman of Morang Business Organisation, chairman of Nepal-India Friendship Union and chairman of Atithi Sadan. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

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