KATHMANDU: MARCH. 10 – The Kathmandu police have arrested two persons accused of swindling people out of hundreds of rupees under the pretexts of providing them plots of land.
It has been found during the investigation that the arrestees—Hom Narayan Chaudhary of Bhadrapur in Jhapa district and Uddhav Bhandari of Budhanilkantha Municipality-4 in Kathmandu—introduced themselves as officials deployed by the Land Commission to collect data on landless squatters entitled to free land before deceiving people, said the police.
They used to gather at Bhetghat Café at Kathmandu Metropolitan City-16 and get their clients to fill out a form and pay Rs 50,000 each for their service.
They assured their clients that they would get four aanas of land each under the government’s plan to settle landless squatters, said Superintendent of Police Dinesh Raj Mainali.
The police also seized a laptop, a printer, application forms and a file recording names of various individuals and their photos from them, he said.
A team from the Metropolitan Police Circle, Balaju acting on a tip-off made the arrest. Now the district court, Kathmandu has sent the accused to police custody for further investigation.