Police foil extortion bid; man held

KATHMANDU: A swoop of police netted a forger and foiled his bid to secure a ransom of Rs 2 million from a businessman belonging to Marbari community.

Police said Sunil Khadka (29) of Ugratara-1, Kavre had made away with Rs 390,000 that Rajesh Agrawal had entrusted him with drawing from Siddhartha Bank in New Road. Eventually, Khadka, an office assistant to Agrawal, fled and issued a threat to his employer in the guise of an abductor and said ‘Khadka has been kidnapped. Come with Rs 2 million for his unharmed release’.

SP Ganesh KC, in-charge, Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka, informed that it was Khadka himself who staged the abduction drama and demanded the ransom. “A special squad deployed by MPR nabbed him in Dhulikhel, acting on a tip-off served by Agrawal,” he added.

DSP Lal Mani Acharya said Khadka kept his mobile switched-off, bought a new SIM card (980856936) and threatened him over phone. “We tracked him down on Friday night as per the call details from telecom service provider. He has pleaded guilty,” he said. The accused has been put under trial under “Forgery” of the Civil Code. Kidnappings are often perpetrated by close acquaintances and trustees of the victims. Agrawal is Managing Director of Prudent Meditech International in Kathmandu while Khadka a trusted office assistant.