Saptari police successfully arrested 505 persons who were on the run after being sentenced to jail and penalty for various offences.

During the first five months of the current fiscal, 505 fugitives were arrested from various parts of the district, Deputy Superintendent of Police Bhubaneswar Prasad Shah said. In this regard, Mohammad Sahadat, 20, a resident of Surunga Municipality in the district, was also arrested. He had fled being found guilty of rape.

According to Saptari District Police Office, the highest number of people on the run are charged with physical assault followed by road accident-related death, murder, defamation, fraud, rape and shady transaction.

A total of 56 years 6 months and 22 days of imprisonment and Rs 1.2 million in fine were recovered From the fugitives. All those arrested were presented before the court and sent to Rajbiraj prison to complete their respective sentences, DSP Shah said. Also, during the same period, the office recovered revenue worth Rs 23.4 million from vehicles imported without paying customs duty.

Meanwhile, a total of 437 cases of crime were registered in the district during the period. The data however is lower compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year, the office said.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 22, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.