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6 Including Loot movie producer Wagle arrested with fake Nepali currency

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KATHAMANDU — The Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu has arrested six people including Madhav Wagle, producer of most popular Nepali movie ‘Loot’, with fake Nepali currency worth Rs 20.52 million on Wednesday.

A police team deployed from the Range, has arrested Wagle with the fake notes from his room in Chardhunga, KMC-1. He is also the owner of Princes Movies Pvt. Ltd.

Walge is producer of popular Nepali movises such as Loot 2, First Love, Resham Filili among others. Arrested Wagle,however, said that fake Nepali notes were printed for his upcoming movie Changa Chet.

Other arrestees have been identified as Sujit Tamang, 24, and Sajan Tamang, 19, of Sindhuli, presently living at Lubhu, Lalitpur; Mahendra Bogati, 24, of Surkhet, currently residing in Kathmandu; Prakash Subedi of Dhading and currently residing at Chabahil and Bikesh Napit; owner of Bholebaba Printing Press, of Bhaktapur-8.

They were arrested from various places of the Kathmandu Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday. Police made public the fake notes by organising a press conference in the Capital this afternoon.

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Police confiscated Rs 26.63 million from their possession, SSP Bishwa Raj Pokhrel, Chief at the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, said.

According to a preliminary investigation, Bogati had gone to Sumadhur Café in Mitranagar, KMC-26 to have lunch on Tuesday.

The café owner informed the Metropolitan Police Circle, Gongabu, after Bogati used a fake note to pay his bill. Later, police recovered Rs 120,000 fake notes from his possession.

Based on his information, police raided the rooms of Sujit and Sajan and recovered Rs 743,000. During the investigation, police carried out a raid at the room of Wagle and recovered Rs 20.52 million. The confiscated notes were in denomination of Rs 1000.

While searching for the fake notes printing press, police apprehended Prakash Subedi, owner of Bagbazaar-based Nawajyoti Printing Press and Bikesh Napit, owner of Jaya Bholebaba Printing Press.

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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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