Updated: 01 Jul 2022 10:27 STI
Kathmandu [Nepal]July 1 (NNA): Nepalese police arrested three Chinese nationals and a Nepalese national from Kaski district with 4.6 million Nepalese rupees after raiding a business suspected of being involved in illegal activities.
A team from the Kaski district police office raided the Chinese company on Thursday on suspicion of cybercrime-related activities, SP Chief Ramesh Thapa told ANI.
“We arrested three Chinese and one Nepalese national and 4.6 million cash at the raid site of a rented house in Damsite, Pokhara-17. The possessors could not show the source of the money that “we confiscated. Also, our preliminary investigation showed that Chinese nationals were here on tourist visas and working here in Nepal, which is prohibited by immigration law. Further investigation is currently underway,” Thapa told ANI by phone.
According to the police, the company raided was a software company and was registered under the name of Suman Tamang, a resident of Kakani village council (arrested Nepali national). The identity of the Chinese nationals has not yet been established.
Police also questioned three Chinese nationals and 75 Nepalese nationals working at the company. The rest of the employees were released by the police on the condition that they be brought before the security agencies at the time of necessity.
Nepal is proving to be a gateway for Chinese criminals and the Himalayan nation has become concerned about the growing involvement of Chinese nationals in illegal activities.
This was evident when authorities arrested 122 Chinese nationals, also with similar equipment, in December 2019 for their alleged involvement in criminal activities – hacking the SWIFT code of various banks.
Among other things, they are suspected of organizing online Ponzi schemes and defrauding foreign nationals with easy loan lures. The Immigration Service is responsible for investigating crimes committed by foreigners.
The denunciation provided at the time stated that around 4,000 Chinese nationals were carrying out illegal activities from cities such as Pokhara, Biratnagar and Chitwan among others, excluding Kathmandu. (ANI)