Five arrested for making fake death certificate to sell land

Kathmandu: Five people have been arrested for selling land worth Rs 70 million in Kirtipur.

The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of the Nepal Police has arrested five people for making fake death certificate of Shantadevi Lohani, a land owner who has been living in Japan for 24 years, and selling the land in her name.

Among the arrested are Mahavir Chand of Malikarjun village of Darchula, Ganesh Bahadur Khanal of Melamchi in Sindhupalchowk, Baburam Karki of Thulung Dudhkoshi of Solukhumbu, Prem Prasad Khanal of Tarkeshwar village of Nuwakot and Dasimaya Shrestha of Kavresthali of Kathmandu.

They had named Shantadevi’s land in the name of fake Taranidhi Lohani, claiming that her landlord Shantadevi Lohani had died in Japan and her heirs is her husband Taranidhi Lohani.

Then they transferred land to Sunita Karmacharya of Bhaktapur in 2077 BS.

It was found that the land was sold in 2077 BS when the real landowner Shantadevi Lohani went to the Land Revenue Office, Kalanki and gave her biometric.

Based on the complaint of the victim Shanta, the CIB arrested five people on Sunday.

Among the five arrested, Mahavir Chand of Malikarjun, Darchula, had brought the land in his name by applying for fake citizenship and transferring the 11 annas and two paisa in the name of Shanta’s husband Taranidhi Lohani.

Four others were found to be helping him to sell land. It has been found that they are preparing to commit fraud by looting another four bighas of land in different places.