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Man held for blackmailing woman in Chitwan

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CHITWAN — A man, who had been blackmailing a woman by making her obscene videos using her photos, and threatening to post them on social networking site Facebook, has landed in police net.

Police arrested Tirtha Sapkota alias Subin KC of Kawasoti, Nawalparasi currently living in Bharatpur Metropolitan City-12 from local Hakim Chok on Tuesday on the charge of blackmailing women and extorting money from them, Deputy Superintendent of Police Prabhu Prasad Dhakal said.

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DSP Dhakal said that preliminary investigation by police revealed that Sapkota had blackmailed and extorted Rs 50,000 from a woman, a resident of Bharatpur Metropolitan City-12.

He blackmailed the woman using different phone numbers demanding Rs 300 thousand threatening her that he would upload her obscene photos and videos on the social media.

Sapkota was arrested after the victim woman reported this to police.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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