Murder plot foiled, six held

KATHMANDU: The police today said six gangsters, including an elderly woman from the Black Spider group, who are also identified as members of Kirant Janabadi Workers’ Party, were planning to murder a Jorpati resident and a local businessman Raju Lama. The six — Dolma Lama alias ‘Mata’, 53, from Jorpati; Bishwash Ghale Magar alias ‘Dhak Bahadur’ or Surya Kiranti, 27, from Udayapur; Ishwor Rai, 34, from Khotang, Agam Sher Rai alias ‘Mukti Hang Kiranti’ (34) from Udayapur, Sudip Lama Lopchan alias ‘Susan Kiranti’, 34, from Jhapa; and Pancha Bahadur Tamang alias ‘Mukti Kiranti’, 31, from Dhading — were arrested yesterday afternoon from around Lama’s residence at Jorpati.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Office at Ranipokhari said the culprits had assembled around Shankarapur Hospital at Narayantar in Jorpati with a motive to kill him for not obliging to pay them a hefty amount of Rs 10 million.

The police also made public the extortionists, who were in possession of two US-made pistols, 12 rounds of cartridges, five sets mobile phone, ID cards belonging to Kirant Janabadi Workers’ Party, the

party’s literatures, donation and letter pads and

anaesthetic spray, among others.

Of those arrested, Agam Sher Rai denied extortion charges in the guise of Black Spider, but said they were operating as per the ‘instruction’ of the party.

SSP Rana Bahadur Chand, in-charge, Metropolitan Police Crime Division, Hanumandhoka, said the five had repeatedly issued death threats against Lama over the past month for refusing to pay the amount demanded of him.

“A special squad dispatched from MPCD cordoned off the area and swooped on the gangsters following a tip-off on Tuesday afternoon,” Chand told a press meet.

The arrested have also been accused of extorting businessmen and well-off families, issuing threats for life and abduction for hefty ransom and posing threats to law and order. They are undergoing trial under Arms and Ammunition Act and Donation Act.

Earlier, fours persons affiliated to KJWP had fled Reporters Club in Putalisadak after displaying arms amid a press meet on 27 August, 2009.

Porn film racket busted

KATHMANDU: A special squad dispatched from Metropolitan Police Crime Division on Wednesday arrested four pornography film racketeers red-handed from separate places of Kathmandu. They were apprehended from Bishal Bazaar and Mahabouddha area, acting on a tip-off that they were circulating porno CDs and VCDs. The arrested are Rajan Poudel (37), hailing from Baireni- 7 of Dhading, Niraj Bhandari (22) from Chumpakhar- 5 of Sindhupalchwok, Ubin Khadki (21) from Hyumat of Kathmandu Metropolitan City- 12 and Manoj Shrestha (18) from Nala- 6 of Kavre. The police have recovered a huge cache of porno CDs and VCDs from them.