Absconding hostage taking convict arrested

KATHMANDU: A youth, who was convicted of hostage taking but was on the run for years, was arrested from Kathmandu and sent to the Central Jail for the execution of his jail term.

Nepal Police's Central Investigation Bureau found out that the absconding convict, 29-year-old Ashok Dhungel, was currently residing in Tarakeshwar-19, on the northern outskirts of Kathmandu. He was apprehended from Manamaiju on Monday.

In March 2010, police said, Dhungel along with his accomplices Amar Lama and Sundar Shrestha had kidnapped a dozer driver, who worked for a realtor, from Kavresthali at gun point and demanded Rs 5,00,000 as ransom for his release.

They had issued death threat and warned that they would set the dozer on fire if they were not paid Rs 5,00,000.

They were paid Rs 1,00,000 as the first installment of ransom. Police, however, could arrest Lama from New Bus Park area and seize the money, keys and a mobile phone used to demand ransom from his possession.

The Appellate Court Patan on January 16, 2010 had sentenced Dhungel for six years in prison for his involvement in the crime.

Police had presented Dhungel to the Kathmandu District Court before he was sent to the jail.