Thai abduction ‘Ransom agent’ caught in Kathmandu

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 24, 2014-

Police investigating the abduction of three Nepali students in Thailand have established a Nepal connection of the criminals. Shree Chan Ray aka Sujan Yadav, 30, was arrested from Khadga Bhadrakali, Kathmandu, on Wednesday. Ray, who is affiliated to the CPN (Maoist) led by Matrika Yadav, was reportedly working to send the ransom amount to the abductors.

Ronesh Shrestha, Bidhush Rijal and Karna Hathechhu, students of Assumption University, were abducted on Friday while they were going out for a party. They were held hostage in sub-district Klongsong Tonnoon of Lad Krabang district in the Thai capital.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Hemanta Malla Thakuri, chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, said initial investigation showed Ray was introduced to the abductors by a person in India.

“He was planning to send the ransom amount to Thailand through an illegal channel,” said DIG Thakuri. “We don’t know yet what amount he was promised.”

Abductors had contacted their family members and demanded 100,000 Thai Baht each for their release. The students were released on Tuesday. A joint operation of the CIB and the Thai Police had arrested Uuaqas Rehman, 22, of Thailand and Mohammad Jalir, 46, of Pakistan.

A team led by SP Pitambar Adhikari had reached Bangkok to coordinate with the Thai police in the search.

Published: 25-12-2014 08:58

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