Three held for intimidating remittance company operator

KATHMANDU: Three persons allegedly involved in intimidation against a remittance company operator have been arrested from assorted places of Kathmandu Valley on Thursday.

The alleged offenders have been identified as Rabin Gurung (27) of Rupandehi, Jibaji Gurung (24) of Gorkha and Bishnu Magar aka Michael (24) of Ramechhap.

The Metropolitan Police Crime Division said Ganesh Man Shrestha, operator of Banasthali-based Anish Remittance, had lodged a complaint against two unidentified persons, who had broken into his office on September 1.

The masked suspects had weilded a fake pistol and a khukuri and asked him for  Rs 200,000 then. They had threatened to kidnap and kill him if their demand was not met.

A fearful Shrestha then had offered to provide them with a cheque. However, they had ordered Shrestha to arrange the cash within few days and had left the place.

Shrestha, in the meantime, had informed police about the case though he was strongly warned against any report with police.

According to police, the suspects left a letter on veranda of the victim's house on Thursday claiming they knew that he had sought the police support to solve the case. They therefore also said the ransom amount had been raised to Rs 500,000.

Police had swung into action after the letter was found yesterday.

The trio were arrested in possession of a motorcycle, two khukuris and a fake pistol, among others.

Further investigation is underway.