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Loan shark threatens to seize properties of more than 50 people
Nov 22, 2014-
A moneylender in the district, has been accused of fraudulently transferring properties kept as collateral of over 50 people into his name. Shankar Dhital, who is from Barha Kilo, has reportedly started threatening those who had spoken up against him in the media.
“I would have returned the properties if such reports about me had not been published in the media, but now I will return the properties only when the accusations against me are withdrawn,” one of the victims said quoting Dhital, who had fled to Kathmandu following the fiasco and has apparently been threatening the victims over the telephone.
Despite media reports that shed light upon his misdeeds, the local administration, police, District Land Revenue Office (DLRO) and political parties have been conspicuously tight-lipped on the matter.
Although Dhital was taken into custody following complaints by the victims, he was released the next day citing lack of ‘substantial evidence’. However, sources claimed that Senior Superintendent of Police Abindra Dhital of Armed Police Force had put pressure for Dhital’s release.
According to officials at the DLRO, Dhital had been operating the racket of transferring other people’s properties into his name since the past one decade. Officials said that Dhital’s transactions were suspicious as it had skipped legal provision requiring the presence of both parties for questioning before transferring properties. With no one to fight or even speak on their behalf, the victims seem greatly discouraged to pursue a case against Dhital fearing reprisal. In the meantime, Assistant Chief District Officer Dipendra Poudel, who had advised the victims to try and solve the issue by talking to Dhital and take the matter to Court in case they do not reach an agreement, expressed ignorance about the latest turn of events regarding the matter as he is not in constant touch with the victims. Meanwhile, rubbishing the allegations against him, Dhital reiterated that he had called up the victims only to talk to them. Dhital further said that he has not been threatening the victims over the phone, accusing the media of only trying to tarnish his image.
Published: 23-11-2014 09:34