Sun, 11 Nov 2012 07:49:15 GMT

Bihar MLA arrested in Nepal



From Shirish B Pradhan
Kathmandu, Nov 10 (PTI) Bihar MLA Zakir Anwar has been arrested by Nepal police in connection with a 10-year-old case of abduction of an Indian-origin Nepali businessman.
Anwar, a Lok Janshakti Party lawmaker, was arrested along with another man identified as Bhola Shankar Tiwari from Kakarbhitta area near the Indo-Nepal border yesterday, police said today.
The two were then handed over to Morang District Police office in eastern Nepal, according to Nepal Police spokesman Keshav Adhikari.
He said the duo was wanted in the 2002 abduction case of Biratnagar-based industrialist Tulasi Ram Aggrawal as well as some other criminal cases. The businessman of Indian origin was reportedly released by the abductors after payment of Rs 5 crore ransom money.
A case had been registered against the two in Morang District Court on the basis of a complaint filed by the victim''s family, he said.
Necessary legal actions are being taken in connection with the case, the police spokesman said.
While Adhikari did not name MLA Anwar, Bihar''s Araria town Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar said the lawmaker was arrested from bordering Morang district in Nepal where he had gone in connection with some meeting.
"We have arrested two Indian nationals ... one of them is believed to be an MLA from Bihar," Adhikari told PTI.
Separately, Deputy Superintendent of Police of Morang District Police office was quoted by Republica daily as saying that "the two were arrested in connection with the abduction of industrialist Aggrawal and they were convicted of kidnapping by Morang District Court in March 2002."
"They were in the most wanted criminals'' list," he said.
According to police sources, from Morang the MLA was taken to Kathmandu jail after his arrest.
Nepal police had earlier arrested notorious gangster Pappu Deo in the kidnapping case who had disclosed names of others involved in the crime.
Nepal had in the recent past handed over a list of 25 "criminals", including Anwar, to the Bihar police. PTI SBP/CORR SNS

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