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Police submits probe report in fake Bhutanese refugee case

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The police have submitted the investigation report on the fake Bhutanese refugee case to the public prosecutor’s office. The District Police Complex in Kathmandu submitted the report today after a nearly two-month-long investigation.

An officer from the Kathmandu Police Range stated that at least 32 individuals were involved in an attempt to extort crores of rupees by promising to send Nepali citizens to the US as Bhutanese refugees. The officer submitted an investigation report, along with opinions, to the District Government Attorney’s Office.

According to sources, the police have recommended that some of them be booked for cheating and organized crime, while others should be booked for document-related offences. Some have also been recommended to be prosecuted by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) and the Department of Money Laundering Investigation.

Out of the 32 people involved in this case, 16 are currently in the custody of the District Police Complex in Kathmandu and its subordinate units. The remaining 16 individuals have been listed as absconding defendants in the report.

Complaints have been filed alleging that at least 24 crore rupees have been fraudulently obtained from 106 victims who were promised to be sent to the United States as Bhutanese refugees.

After the victim’s complaint, the investigation proceeded, resulting in the detention of CPN UML leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Nepali Congress leader and former Home Minister Balkrishna Khand, former Home Secretary Teknarayan Pandey, Bhutanese refugee leader Teknath Rijal, formar Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal’s security advisor Indrajit Rai, Haj Committee Chairman Shamsher Miya, former Parliament Speaker Angtawa Sherpa, and the personal secretary of former Home Minister Khand, Narendra KC, son of Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Sandeep Rayamajhi has also been detained by the police.

Additionally, individuals currently in police custody include Keshav Dulal, Sanu Bhandari, Sandesh Sharma, Sagar Rai, Tank Gurung, Gobind Chaudhary, and Ramsharan KC. Prateek, the son of former Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal, and Niraj, the son of Indrajit Rai, are currently evading arrest.