Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: Former Home Minister Khand and his PA KC arrested

KATHMANDU- Police have brought Nepali Congress leader and former Minister for Home Affairs, Bal Krishna Khand, to the District Police Range, Kathmandu for further investigation into his alleged involvement in the fake Bhutanese refugee scam.

Police had taken former Home Minister under its control from his residence at Cuchhepati in Kathmandu in connection to the racket of scamming people by promising to send them to the United States as Bhutanese refugees.

Khand was held from his personal residence and brought to the Range for further investigation, said Range Chief Senior Superintendent of Police Dan Bahadur Karki. Police have already arrested 11 accused ones for their involvement in the racket of sending people to the United States them as the Bhutanese refugees.

Earlier, police held Indrajit Rai, who served as security advisor to the then Minister of Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa, the then Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Tek Narayan Pandey, Sandeep Rayamajhi, Keshav Dulal, Sanu Bhandari, Tanka Gurung, Sandesh Sharma and Sagar Thulung, in connection with the scam. Police said that they were also searching for CPN (UML)’s secretary Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, one of the high-profile accused in the racket.

So far, 106 victims of fake Bhutanese refugee scam have filed complaints at the police office. They lodged complaints noting the middlemen or fraudsters fleeced over Rs 230 million from them in different time giving them a false hope to send to the United States in the guise of Bhutanese refugee. Police today arrested one more person in connection to the fake Bhutanese refugee scam.

Police held Narendra KC, the personal assistant (PA) to the former Minister of Home Affairs Bal Krishna Khand, on the charge of his alleged involvement in the scam. Police nabbed KC in the morning from Jadibuti in Bhaktapur, according to the Chief of the Police Range, Kathmandu and SSP Dan Bahadur Karki.

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