Cops among nine behind jewellery heist; six held, three at large

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Police's Metropolitan Crime Division said six persons, including a police constable, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in Friday's dacoity at a Maruhiti-based jewellery workshop.

The MCD suspected that two more security personnel -- a head constable and a constable -- were involved in the heist in which a gang of nine men, carrying pistols and handcuffs, struck at the workshop feigning a raid and decamped with 64 tola gold, cash and other valuables on Friday night. The gold is worth more than Rs 3 million in local market.

Police identified the constable who has been taken in custody as Ajaya Gurung (26). He was posted at the Lainchaur-based Metropolitan Police Circle.

Head Constable Bal Bahadur Magar (32) and Constable Nabin Dhakal (28) are said to be at large.

Other five suspects arrested along with Gurung are Subhash Kharel (22) from Birta Deurali of Kavre, a Thamel-based tourist guide; Raj Kumar Tamang (33) from Chhatre Deurali of Dhading, a Balaju-based driver; Sundar Tamang aka Dev (21) from Namobuddha of Kavre, a Kapurdhara-based dance bar worker; Kshitij Tamang aka Panden (19) from Roshi of Kavre, a Balkumari-based bouncer; and Lapsang Lama (28) from Namobuddha of Kavre, a Naya Bazaar-based bouncer.

Two more suspects Harka Bahadur Tamang (32) from Chhatre Deurali are also on the run.

According to the MCD, the gang decided to rob the jewellery workshop two weeks ago.

While six took the workshop staff under control to rob the jewellery and cash, two guarded the workshop and one--Sundar Tamang aka Dev-- stayed away, whom they handed over the haul, according to the MCD.

The six suspects were arrested on Saturday from a tea shop in Sorhakhutte while they were allegedly planning to sell the jewellery.

Police seized the jewellery weighing nearly 60 tola, Rs 125,000 cash and six mobile phones from their possession.