Woman held for ‘honeytrap’ heist

Kathmandu, December 31

Police have arrested a woman suspected of drugging and robbing men in the tourist hub of Thamel.

DSP Sitaram Rijal, in-charge of the Metropolitan Police Circle Lainchaur, said Barsha Timilsina (24) of Kavre, used to make sexual advances to men sporting gold ornaments and offer one-night stay in hotel before making off with their belongings.

In one instance, she had allegedly robbed Manav Bam of his gold bracelet, a chain, a

finger ring and an iPhone set. Timilsina was absconding after the December 9 incident, which occurred in room number 303 of Hotel Metro Eco. Police arrested her from the capital yesterday.

According to DSP Rijal, Timilsina lured Bam into going to the hotel room. Bam was heavily drunk. As he was in a drunken stupor and had lost the ability to respond, the woman robbed him of gold ornaments weighing 4.25 tolas and iPhone set and fled the scene at around 11:00 pm.

Bam realised he had been robbed only after he regained senses the next morning. He lodged a complaint after which the MPC launched an investigation. Officials said they were working to crack the nexus of ‘honey trap women’.

Foreign returnees are more vulnerable to such “honey trap women’ in Thamel.

In a separate incident, police arrested two suspects for stealing valuables belonging to hotel guests in Thamel. Birendra Ghatani (18) and Sajan Shresth (21) of Lalitpur had allegedly decamped with an iPhone set and a credit card of Binod Shrestha and Dipendra Shrestha from room number 504 of Hotel Lahana last week. The suspects also shopped goods worth around Rs 18,000 in Bhatbhateni Supermarket by using the credit card the following day.