Mastermind behind Rautahat bank heist lands in police net

 Kaski Police have arrested former Maoist combatant Sushil Dulal, accused of masterminding heists at bank and cooperative in Rautahat and Pokhara, on Sunday.

Police nabbed Dulal from Lakeside yesterday and made him public amidst a press conference on Monday. 

He was on the run after robbing Rs 2 million from the premises of Nepal SBI Bank, Rautahat on November 18 and Rs 3 million from Fewa Cooperative, Pokhara on April 28.

During the heist in Pokhara, Dulal had blindfolded the security guard as he was stepping down the ladder after withdrawing money from the cooperative and made off with the fortune. The gang of robbers had opened fire at employee of Yeti Development Bank Bhagwan Baral, injuring him seriously.

In the similar modus operandi of the crime, armed bank robbers had looted around Rs 2 million belonging to the Infrastructure Development (ID) Bank, in Chandrapur Municipality-1, Rautahat district on November 18.

Security guards and staff of ID Bank had just withdrawn the amount from Nepal SBI Bank when four bank robbers on motorbikes had opened fire and grabbed the money right from the premises.

Soon after the incident, police personnel led by DSP Netramani Giri had arrested Narayan Rai, 30, of Sindhuli, Pipalmadi-1, one of the bank robbers. 

Kaski Police Chief Basanta Lama informed that Dulal, the then district president of All Nepal National Independent Students Union- Revolutionary (ANNFSU-R), executed the robberies with the help of former Maoist fighters. His accomplices Basanta Giri and Bijay K.C. of Rolpa are still on the lam.

Police have seized a German pistol, its bullet and magazine and Rs 400,000 from Dulal’s possession.

Source: Republica