Monday, 21 September, 2020

Police nabs Agarwal on charges of black marketing


By A Staff Reporter, Kathmandu, Apr. 7: The police on Tuesday detained Sulav Agarwal, honorary consul of Kyrgyz Republic and executive director of Shankar Group. He was caught red-handed for his alleged involvement in black-marketing of thermal guns, an equipment used to measure fever.

A special squad deployed by the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) detained Agarwal from Naxal this morning.

Agarwal is also the producer of Jagadamba cement and iron rods in Nepal.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and chief of the Division Shahakul Thapa said that the Division had initiated the operation, following a tip off a few days ago that the Group was involved in the black-marketing of the thermal gun.

“I personally instructed our officers to prepare a team and become a customer in disguise to buy black-marketed gun,” SSP Thapa said.

One unidentified seller of the company had initially offered the gun at Rs 20,000 per piece but later, the customer (policeman) convinced the seller to provide the gun at Rs 15,000 per piece.

The Police had then ordered 67 pieces of thermal gun on Tuesday at Rs. 1 Million.

Sulav Agarwal arrived for the delivery of thermal guns in a bearing a special number plate given to diplomatic missions with registration number 209-HCC-1 at Naxal. He was detained from the same place, informed SSP Thapa.

Initially, the police were unable to recognise Agarwal. 

After arresting him the police seized an identity card issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs with ID number 190818626 from the man and then discovered that he was the consul of the Kyrgyz Republic. The card was issued on August 19, 2019.

MPCD has initiated further investigation into the case keeping Agarwal in police custody of the Division.

“We are preparing to raid his godowns where his company might have kept such goods to sell in the black market, said Thapa.

The investigation revealed that Agarwal had brought these thermal guns from China last week via the Nepal Airlines aircraft.

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