Panchthar youth uses social media to swindle many

PHIDIM: Police on Sunday arrested a youth for swindling more than half a dozen women of Panchthar and Jhapa districts through social media.

The arrestee has been identified as Bhabindra Subedi of Khudunabari-7 of Jhapa, informed the District Police Office, Panchthar.

Police informed that the investigation started after a complaint was filed against him for swindling the complainer, a girl, of Rs 301,000 through his fake Facebook account.

Subedi, arrested from Birtamod of Jhapa yesterday, was made public by the police today.

As reported by the victim, Subedi had first sent her a friend request and began chatting almost daily with an alias of Nischal Sharma.

He also proposed her to marry stating he owned a seven-storey building and had a hefty bank balance.

He also lied about surviving an accident while leaving for Panchthar from the Capital and being admitted to a hospital.

Lying that he left his cheques and ATM cards in Kathmandu, he asked some money from the victim for his hospital bills.

After receiving the money, he falsely told her that his father passed away and deleted her from his friends’ list. He also ditched his old SIM card to avoid any contact with the girl.

Police said they used one of his female friends in his friends’ list to track him and found through his timeline that he had been spending the amount received from the victim extravagantly.

Using his own trick against him, police in civvies nabbed Subedi. Subedi was asked for a monetary help from his friend who was helping the police. The law enforcement personnel also confiscated about Rs 88,000 from him.

From the investigations, it was learned that he had gone to Dubai in course of foreign employment. However, after he did not earn as much as expected, he started swindling girls through Facebook.

Police said they have filed a case against him at the Panchthar District Court. In course of the investigation, he was also found guilty of polygamy, with two wives in Khudunabari of Jhapa and Gaindakot of Nawalparasi.

Police said he might be booked for polygamy and under the Electronic Transactions Act for his actions, based on the reports.