Human trafficker falls in police net after 26 years

KATHMANDU: A human trafficker, who was on the run since 1990, has landed in police net after over 10 years of his conviction, Nepal Police said on Tuesday.

Phurba Tamang, a permanent resident of Ghyangphedi of Nuwakot, was one of the four men who lured two minor girls from their village into temptation and took them to Kathmandu in May 1990 in order to sell them to a brothel in Mumbai , according to Nepal Police's  Central Investigation Bureau.

The victims were their cousins.

En route to Mumbai, the foursome were arrested when they were boarding a bus to Birgunj from Kalimati. Police had rescued the girls and sent the suspects to their home district Nuwakot for legal action.

Still handcuffed, the four, however, had escaped from police custody in June 1990 from Kharanitar when police were taking them back to the district headquarters from Ghyangphedi after a field survey.

The District Court had convicted them of human trafficking and jail break them in absentia  and slapped a jail term of seven years and six months on each of them in August 2006.

Tamang, now 49, had been stealthily living in the Bouddha area of Kathmandu for the past 26 years, police said. He was currently working as  a construction contractor. Three others were already booked.

He was presented before the Kathmandu District Court before sending him to the Central Jail to serve the term.