Young couple held for staging 'abduction drama'

KATHMANDU: Police said they have arrested two persons on charge of trying to dupe one of their parents into paying some money with an orchestration of abduction plot.

Sabitri Khadka (20) from Karthali-4 of Sindhupalchok and her boyfriend Ram Chandra Khatri (23) from Karthali-6, both currently residing in assorted locations of Kathmandu Valley, were arrested on Thursday.

The preliminary police investigation has revealed that the duo had planned an abduction of the woman herself, in a bid to collect ransom from Khadka's parents so that Khatri could pay his debts.

Disappearing from the family, the woman had sent an SMS to her parents from Khatri's mobile phone claiming an unknown person abducted her and demanded the ransom for release.

The Metropolitan Police Range, Lalitpur had launched the investigation after Khadka's parents filed a complaint upon receiving the SMS.

The duo would be charged under the Some Public (Crime and Punishment) Act, 1970.