Police start interrogating Dugar employees

Kathmandu, December 10

Police have started interrogating employees of KL Dugar Group, who were detained on December 3 on charge of black-marketing.

Senior Superintendent of Police at Metropolitan Police Range Kathmandu Bikram Singh Thapa has informed that police, from yesterday, started interrogating Aman Jauthan, manager, and Liaison Officer Pramod Raj Adhikari, who were arrested from the warehouse of Swastik Oil Industries.

Swastik Oil is one of the flagship businesses of KL Dugar Group. The Group produces soybean, hydrogenated vegetable, sunflower and palm olein oil under the brand names of Swastik, Dhara and Bigul.

SSP Thapa also informed that they are on the lookout for Kishan Lal Dugar, chairman of KL Dugar Group, and his son Naresh Dugar, vice chairman of the Group, who are at large.

“We’ve already issued an arrest warrant for Kishan Lal Dugar and Naresh Dugar.”

Police had remanded Dugar employees, who were arrested from the warehouse of Swastik Oil Industries on December 3 and again remanded them for five additional days on Sunday.

The second remand period is going to expire tomorrow and the police has been preparing to seek to remand them for few more days from the Kathmandu District Court to continue interrogation. In the meantime, the police will try to

arrest the chair and vice chair of the company, according to Thapa.

Police had impounded five trucks laden with edible oil that the firm was planning to sell at Rs 320 per litre — double the price during normal times — from the warehouse of the industry located at Jadibuti of Kathmandu.

Swastik Oil Industries had started raising price of edible oil all of a sudden since last one-and-a-half months, when the market began witnessing shortage of edible oil due to disruptions in supply of daily essentials from India.