Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: Four days extended to investigate against 12 accused

The District Court, Kathmandu here Sunday granted four days of extension to police to further investigate against 12 individuals accused of involvement in the fake Bhutanese refugee scam.

The Court granted the extension after the appeal by the District Police Range, Kathmandu to the Court stating that the investigation could not be concluded within the previously given deadline, said SP Sitaram Rijal

Police have so far arrested 12 people for allegedly sending off people to the United States identifying them as Bhutanese refugees. The accused ones include some high-profile individuals including former Minister for Home Affairs, Bal Krishna Khand and former Home Secretary Tek Narayan Pandey among others.

Police have the authority to launch investigation into the organized crimes keeping the alleged ones in custody for 60 days. It's been 50 days since the police nabbed the accused ones and launched the investigation.

SP Rijal added that they were preparing to submit a report to the Office of the District Public Prosecutor in coming 8 to 9 days. The Office will thereafter register prosecution based on that report.

Police have so far received 20 complaints from 106 individuals in connection to the scam. The victims have complained that the fraudsters fleeced altogether over Rs 230 million from them.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Fire breaks out in Furniture factory

A fire broke out in a furniture factory in Bhaktapur this evening.

Efforts to douse the fire that started at 7:00 pm in a furniture factory at Chundevi of Suryavinayak Municipality-5 in Bhaktapur continued till 9 pm.

The cause of the fire and the damage incurred is not yet known, he said that all the details will be available after the fire is completely brought under control.

Meanwhile, Vijay Prasad Dhaubhadel, information officer of Judh Fire Engines, Bhaktapur, said that 90 percent of the fire has been brought under control and efforts are being made to douse the fire completely.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Court extends custody of Rai by seven days

District Police Office, Khotang has ordered a seven-day of extension of custody of agriculture expert and patron of Subhadra-Madan Foundation Madan Rai arrested on the charge of pedophilia to further probe the case.

Rai was arrested from Solma in Diktel Rupakot Majhuwagadi Municipality-2 in Khotang district last Friday for allegedly sexually molesting the children in the Foundation, in which Rai is the patron.

DSP at the District Police Office, Manjil Mukarung, shared that a victim filed the complaint against Rai in writing while three others verbally lodged complaints against him.

Action against Rai was taken forwarded as per the complaints filed by the victims, said DSP Mukarung.

"Since the case is under investigation, we cannot comment on it," informed DSP Mukarung, adding that three additional victims were also ready to file the complaints against the accused.

Police Inspector also Spokesperson at the District Police Office in Khotang, Benu Karki, shared that those who made verbal complaints against Rai were summoned to police station to file the complaints in writing.

The 75-year-old was lately found posting some contents in social networking sites using lewd words on the purpose of imparting sex education to students. The act courted criticisms from all quarters.

The news of sexual molestation of girls studying in the Foundation by patron Rai was doing rounds in various media since last Friday. Alleged Rai, taking to social networking sites, admitted that there was 40 per cent truth on the accusation made by the victims.

Meanwhile, Children as Zone of Peace National Campaign (CZOP), a coalition of organizations working in the field of child right, said that its attention was drawn towards the exploitation of girls.

The CZOP has demanded the sternest action against the culprit. The constitution stipulates anyone is convicted of exploitation of children in any forms or manifestation shall face three years of imprisonment and fine up to Rs 75,000.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal