Man held for swindling jobs aspirants

KATHMANDU: A man has been arrested for defrauding people of millions of rupees with fake assurances of sending them to Canada on a tourist visa.

The suspect has been identified as Pawan Kumar Agrawal (41) of Sirsa Hariyana, India and currently residing at Om Bahal, KMC-23.

Agrawal swindled foreign job aspirants by publishing advertisement on a daily newspaper with contact number and email address on June 25, 2015.

After the job aspirants saw the advertisement in the newspaper, they called on the published phone number 9806428967.

According to the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD), one Purshottam Bhandari received the phone call and assured the victims that he will send them to Canada on the tourist visa.

He, however, told them to deposit the money in the account of Pawan Kumar Agrawal and to send their documents to the email address published in the newspaper.

Police said that Agrawal had coughed up Rs. 2.7 million from 11 persons including Babu Lama (Tamang) with false promises to send them to Canada on the tourist visa.

After the victims knew that they were cheated, they filed a joint complaint at the MPCD.

Based on the complaint, a police team deployed from the MPCD started a manhunt and rounded him from New Road of the Capital on Sunday.

He has been sent to the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu for legal action.