‘Most wanted robber’ injured in police firing

Kathmandu, December 7

A ‘notorious and most wanted robber’ was injured in a police encounter at Kalopul, Kathmandu, today.

Rajan Limbu, 46, of Itahari, Sunsari, was on the search list of police for his alleged involvement in six cases of robbery in Kathmandu valley and Sunsari. A team deployed from Metropolitan Police Crime Division came across Limbu in Kalopul at around 12:15pm.

Senior Superintendent of Police Dhiraj Pratap Singh, MPCD in-charge, said, “As Limbu pulled out his pistol while we were trying to take him under control, security personnel opened fire on the crime suspect in self-defence.”

Limbu was shot in his left leg. He has been admitted to National Trauma Centre for treatment. Police said Limbu was out of danger. The anti-crime force has seized a pistol with four bullets from his possession.

According to MPCD, Limbu had last robbed Rs 300,000 from Itahari-based Active Money Transfer by knifing its owner Sabin Dahal on November 28 and fled to Kathmandu. He was involved in robbery for the past 12 years. On February 26, 2017, Limbu brandishing a pistol robbed Bir Bahadur Prasadh of Rs 90,000 in Itahari.

He also robbed Ravin Rai of Rs 86,500 from a guest house in Kathmandu on March 14, 2007. In yet another case, Limbu broke into a guest house in Kathmandu and decamped with cash and valuables worth around Rs 361,100 in September 6, 2006.

Krishna Bahadur Magar had filed an FIR against him at Metropolitan Police Range in connection with the robbery.

MPCD said further investigation was launched to establish his involvement in other robbery cases. Earlier, he was released from jail after serving six years for murdering Madhav Banepali in Dattatraya of Bhaktapur in 2009.