One held with stolen bullion

Pokhara, January 7

Police in Kaski today made public a man involved in the theft of a huge amount of bullion from Laxmi Jewellers of Kathmandu, New Road, who had been arrested here yesterday.

Chiranjivi Pun, a twelfth grader at Rastriya Higher Secondary School Tundikhel, Pokhara, was arrested with 93 tola gold and 57 tola silver along with a laptop from Prithvichowk, in Pokhara yesterday.

The 23-year-old, who hails from Rum-3, Myagdi, was made public at district police office Kaski.

According to DPO police chief SP Hari Pal, two accomplices in the heist have also been arrested.

“The two, namely Dil Bahadur Pun aka Dilip of Rum-3, Myagdi,and Umesh Tamang of Mahakali-9, Nuwakot, were arrested in Kathmandu on the basis of information we prised out of the principal perpetrator,” SP Pal informed, adding that the duo had walked out of prison just five months ago after doing two years for robbery.

Police said it is learnt that the duo had called Chiranjivi to the Capital promising him employment. “The two were working as security guards at the jewellry shop owner’s home in Baneshwor.

“On the night of December 27, at midnight, we broke into the house and stole a laptop, 38,000 rupees in cash, and the keys of the shop and the car before entering the shop in New Road and stealing the jewellery from there,” police quoted Chiranjivi as saying.

Having fled the Capital for Pokhara following the larceny, Dilip and Umesh had returned to Kathmandu after a week.

Further, it has also been learnt from Chiranjivi’s statement that they had intended to launch the heist in three other jewellery stores in New Road that night.

Police have said Chiranjivi and the seized gold and silver will be sent to Kathmandu today itself.