Indian national held for running fake lottery scam

Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) arrested an Indian national for defrauding a man of Sarlahi district assuring him that he won a lottery of Rs 2.5 million.

Manish Bhagat (23) from Bihar state of India was nabbed from Matihani of Dhanusha on last Thursday, police said.

MPCD had swung into the action after Pappu Shekh from Pidari-7 of Sarlahi reported that an unknown person called at his mobile from a Pakistani number on January 27 and told him that he won the lottery.

The person also asked to deposit Rs 25,000 at an account at Everest Bank limited, Shekh told police.

After the person demanded more money up to Rs 100,000 day by day, Shekh had filed a complaint with Capital-based MPCD.

Police said their preliminary investigation revealed that Bhagat had also swindled some money from various banks with ATM cards and sent the cash to India, as assigned by his friend, Anshuman, also an Indian national.

Bhagat has been handed over to Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu from further investigation.

Source: THT