Six lottery scammers made public at Morang DPO

  • Police also seized Rs 8m from the fraudsters operating from India

Biratnagar, November 17

Morang police made public six persons, including an Indian national, at the district police office, Biratnagar amid a press conference today.

Anupchandra Sethiya, 55, Lalit Sethiya, 40, and Bimal Kumar Chiraniya, 43, of Biratnagar-7, and Shrawan Kumar Sah, 27, of Biratnagar-7 were paraded at the Morang DPO. The others include Balram Bishwash, 29, of Sunsari, Duhabi and Indian national Pankaj Karna, 37, of Dharbanga Sundarpur-2.

Earlier, police had seized over 8.5 million rupees and two mobile sets, among other items, from them.

According to Morang police chief SP Arun Kumar BC, police arrested them after receiving a complaint that they were defrauding people through a fictitious lottery scheme.

Sangita Kumari Gurung, 42, of Parbat, Deupur Rural Municipality had filed the complaint.

“It has been found that the scammer would call up people in Nepal and tell them that they had won lottery but would need to pay taxes or other fees. The fraudsters would ask unsuspecting victims to make the payment via hundi,” informed police.

They had called up Gurung from India and told her that she won lottery worth Rs 4 million  and sought Rs 2 lakh for clearing taxes. After the woman sent the amount via hundi in two instalments, they asked for an additional Rs 2.7 lakhs and this made her suspicious of their intention. Then with help of IME staff, she filed a complaint with Morang police last Tuesday.