Sakya at the police station on Sunday.
Picture by Chinlop Fudong Lepcha
Kalimpong, Sept. 28: A Nepalese citizen was arrested here today on charges of cheating, a day after one of the victims from his home country who claimed to have lost over Rs 20 lakh arrived in town hunting for him.
Police, however, said they picked up Naresh Man Sakya from 10th Mile after a tip-off, refusing to disclose the source. They have seized a Cheverolet Optra Magnum owned by Sakya’s “wife” Soni Sewa and even the passbook of her account, which he confessed he used for his operations. Sakya said he had married Soni, a local woman, three years ago and has a wife in Nepal too.
A formal complaint was lodged by Kapil Dahal, who said he had given Rs 50,000 to Sakya as loan after the latter promised to give it back to him on his return from Nepal.
“He told me he was not able to go to Nepal for the time being because of some pressing matter here and would return my money once he made the trip home,” said Dahal, who is an assistant engineer in the irrigation department.
But yesterday when word spread that Rajendra Wasti, a resident of Damak in Nepal, has come hunting for Sakya, Dahal took no chances. He filed the complaint this morning with the Kalimpong police station.
Sakya is a resident of Bhuddhahat Chowk in Biratnagar, eastern Nepal, the police said. A case under Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC has been registered against him. He will be produced in court tomorrow.
K.B. Dorjee, the additional superintendent of police, Kalimpong, said preliminary investigation revealed that Sakya had collected about Rs 5 lakh from some local people on various pretexts. He is also alleged to have duped lakhs from people in his home country, Wasti being one of them.
“I gave him Rs 37 lakh (Rs 23.1 lakh in Indian currency) in instalments to Sakya after he had promised to get me a job and a permanent residency in England for me, my wife and our only child,” said Wasti, who owns landed property in Nepal.
However, after receiving the money, Sakya did the disappearing act.
“I had paid him the money about a year back. I got suspicious after I could not reach him on his phone a few months later. After a lot of effort, I could finally trace him to Kalimpong,” said Wasti.
Sakya told the police that he had been a frequent visitor to the town for the last four years. He had been living with Soni in rented accommodations in different localities.
The police are interrogating Soni to find out if she had assisted him.
Sakya, who claims to be a post-graduate in commerce, had also started an NGO called Jan Kalyan Sangh about three months ago. The NGO is yet to be registered. Sources said Sakya had sought to involve some prominent citizens of the town to lend credibility to his NGO.
He also claims to have worked as adviser to the ministry of industry in Nepal and Royal Nepal Airlines, besides being the chairman of a Korean-Nepal joint venture company. But police said Sakya had no supporting documents to prove his claims.
Local people who knew him said Sakya often boasted about his access to the former royals of the Himalayan Kingdom and international funding agencies.