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Nepal police alleged to have ‘kidnapped’ Indian businessman


The son of a city jeweller has written a letter to the chief minister complaining that his father had been ‘kidnapped’ and ‘looted’ by Nepal police on September 28.

The jeweller’s son Vikas Soni said that his father Kishori Lal Soni was returning home on a scooty and was carrying Rs 2 lakh in cash and 800 gm gold when he was ‘kidnapped’ by two men in a white car at around 7pm on September 28.

“The incident was captured by a CCTV near Priyadarshini Colony, while we were trying to trace his last location. His phone’s last location was Bithauli on Sitapur road,” said Vikas.

“Later, we went to Madiaon police station and lodged a missing complaint. On the same day, we got a call from an international number. The caller claimed to be a Nepal Police personnel and said that my father Kishori Lal was in their custody. When I tried to put up questions they ended the call,” said Vikas in his letter to CM.

Vikas further added that next day CO Aliganj called him and informed that Soni had been taken into custody by Nepal police from Nepalganj in connection with a 14-year-old murder case.

“The CO said that an SI of Nepal police had asked him to inform the family. When I called on Nepal SI’s number, I was told that my father was detained in SP Nepalganj office in connection with a 14-year-old case. When I asked about location of my father, he asked us to come to Nepalganj and disconnected the call,” Vikas said.

He claims in the letter that he called ministry of external affairs several times on October 3 but no action was taken after which he wrote to PMO and is yet to receive a reply.

“On October 4, I went to the Janata Darbar of UP CM where my complaint was directed to DGP, but so far I have not received any concrete response,” claimed Vikas.

SSP Lucknow Kalanidhi Naithani said that the incident is being probed and Lucknow Police have informed higher authorities for necessary action in the case.

Originally published on The Times of India on 7 October 2018