The gang of notorious Indian bandit Chhotelal Sahani struck in Nepal once again, shooting a prominent businessman of Indian origin on Friday, exploding a bomb and leaving a clutch of pamphlets as a warning to other businessmen.
Bhikam Chand Agarwal, a prominent member of the Marwari community of Birgunj town, Nepal's industrial hub, was shot by two unidentified men around 7.00 am as he was returning home from his morning walk.
Agarwal, a promoter of the Delhi Public School in Birgunj, one of the best-known schools in southern Nepal, survived the attack, receiving injuries in his left shoulder.
After immediate treatment at the Narayani Hospital, his condition had stabilised sufficiently to fly him to capital city Kathmandu for orthopaedic treatment at the BNB Hospital, Birgunj, officials said
Minutes after the incident, a bomb was thrown at the spot along with handwritten pamphlets.
Written in Hindi and in red ink, the pamphlets said the attack was the handiwork of the Chhotelal Sahani gang and warned businessmen of similar fate if they did not heed the gang's demand for money.
Chhotelal Sahani, a ganglord wanted for murders, rapes, robbery and extortion in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh states of India, was arrested by the Indian police recently and is currently in Bihar's Motihari jail.
The imprisonment has brought relief to Nepali businessmen on the other side of the border.
Indeed, after security improved along the Indian side of the border and police stepped up raid on anti-socials in Bihar following the change in state government, the gang is now concentrating on southern Nepal, an easier target due to the continuing political instability.
Besides Birgunj, Parwanipur and Jitpur towns in Nepal along the Indian border have become the focus of activity of the gang that is recruiting members from Nepal now, authorities here said.
In the last three months, the Sahani gang has shot at least three prominent businessmen in Birgunj and kidnapped at least one earlier, releasing him after a hefty ransom was paid by the victim's family.
Even after Sahani's arrest, his henchmen, whom he is said to have assigned different territories, have been active in southern Nepal with several industrialists having received threatening phone calls.