Conman impersonating police officer nabbed

Kathmandu, June 20

Police have arrested a man for posing as a superintendent of police and robbing a person of his cash in Katyayani, Kathmandu-31, yesterday.

According to police, Bishwash Paudel of Chitwan district and currently residing in Old Baneshwor flashed a card impersonating SP of the Metropolitan Police Crime Division and robbed Suvash Thapa, 24, of his cash and other belongings.

A patrolling team of the Metropolitan Police Circle, Baneshwor chased Paudel down and arrested him.

“Paudel posed as a police officer and frisked Thapa before robbing the victim of his wallet,” said the Metropolitan Police Office, Ranipokhari. The suspect impersonated a police officer and frisked the targets by threatening to take action against them before fleeing with their belongings.

Cases of fake policemen robbing people are on the rise in recent months. The Kathmandu Valley has recorded over 20 such such cases in the past one year. In January, police arrested a youth for his alleged involvement in defrauding various persons, mostly women, claiming himself to be a police officer.

Gopi Krishna Khatiwada, 26, of Sindhupalchowk district and currently residing in Mulpani of Kathmandu, was arrested by a team deployed from the MPCD. He would pose as a crime investigation official and cheat people into paying huge sums of money with assurances of jobs in Nepal Police.

Meanwhile, the MPO has appealed to all not to fall in the trap of such charlatans and to report any incident involving men who flash police ID card. “We encourage the public in general to call the police at 100 as and when they come across such fraudsters,” said the MPO.