KATHMANDU, JANUARY 19

The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police has arrested three persons, who had been on the run after being convicted of banking offence, in separate search operations.

Officials said Ram Bahadur Adhikari, 51, of Chitwan, Subash Thapa, 31, of Kathmandu, and Bishnu Amgai, 29, of Gorkha, were taken into custody from different places of Chitwan in the last three days.

Patan High Court had sentenced Adhikari to 55 days in prison along with a fine of Rs 23 million. Similarly, Thapa and Amgai were punished with imprisonment for 17 days along with a fine of Rs 5.9 million, and jail-term of 30 days and Rs one million in fine on different dates.

According to the CIB, they had issued cheques to their payees despite knowing that they didn’t have sufficient balance in their bank accounts to cover the amount.

The CIB filed separate charges against them at the court after the victims lodged complaints with the cheques that had bounced.

Of late, Nepal Police has stepped up search operations across the country as part of execution of court verdicts to ensure that no one is above the law and that every absconding convict is brought to book, no matter how long it might take.

Cops have also succeeded in apprehending absconding convicts after 30 years of crime.

The security agency had arrested more than 2,300 convicts in the fiscal 2019-20, said Senior Superintendent of Police Basanta Kunwar, Nepal Police spokesperson.

Most of the arrested persons were convicted of fraud, corruption, forgery, tax evasion, drug smuggling, banking offence, human trafficking, murder, rape, theft and robbery.