Tanahun man held for defrauding Spain job aspirants

KATHMANDU: A 30-year-old man, who allegedly swindled two persons of Rs 800,000 each on the pretext of sending them to Spain for foreign employment, has been arrested, Nepal Police said.

Police identified the suspect as Bharat Thakuri aka Bikram Singh Thakuri of Satiswara-2 in Tanahun district.

The suspect had fled after allegedly collecting a total of Rs 1.6 million from Dipendra Malla and Ujit Malla of Baglung, according to police.

He was held from Kirtipur on the south-western outskirts of Kathmandu on Monday after the alleged victims lodged a complaint at the Metropolitan Crime Division in Kathmandu.

Referring to preliminary investigation, police said, the suspect, who received citizenship certificate with the name of Bharat Thakuri, had made a written agreement with the duo using his alias Bikram Singh Thakuri while taking money from them.

With an intention to avoid potential legal action against him, police said, Thakuri used photocopy of his citizenship with his name replaced with the alias.

MCD handed over the suspect to the Buddhanagar-based Department of Foreign Employment for further investigation and action today.