Police in Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu have arrested 122 Chinese nationals in a massive crackdown on overseas criminals involved in cybercrime including online gambling and bank frauds.
The Kathmandu police said that it was by far the biggest crackdown on the crime committed by foreigners entering the country on tourist visas.
The police said that the suspects were detained after they had received a tip-off about people involved in suspicious activities. There was a series of raids on multiple locations which led to the detention of 122 Chinese nationals.
The police chief in Kathmandu has said that the suspects are held at different police stations in the city. He also added that the passports and the laptops of the accused has been seized. The suspects are arrested over charges of cybercrime including illegal online gambling and hacking into bank cash machines.
“This is the first time that so many foreigners have been detained for suspected criminal activities,” said Kathmandu police chief.
A senior police official also said that the raids followed after duly informing the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. He also said that the Chinese embassy has supported the raids.
Responding to the massive arrests of Chinese nationals in Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that the Chinese and Nepali police worked together on the case. He said that the officials of the two countries ensured full-cooperation that led to the nabbing of the suspects.
He also said that China could offer support and was all ready to up its law-enforcement cooperation with Nepal.
Earlier in the year, Nepal and China inked a pact on mutual assistance when China’s President Xi Jinping visited Nepal in October.
Nepal is increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination among Chinese people. According to the figures revealed by the Nepal Tourism Board, about 134,000 Chinese tourists visited Nepal between January and October this year. The figure represents a 9.2 percent increase in the number of tourists from China visiting Nepal in 2018.