Three Indian nationals have been arrested in western Nepal for their alleged invovelment in a series of robberies and looting incidents, police said.
The arrested -- Vivek Das, 42, Santosh Das, 20, and Sumit Das, 19 -- all from Gorakhpur town in Uttar Pradesh, the state bordering Nepal, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) at Butawal Police Station Dan Bahadur Karki said.
The arrest came after the police stepped vigilance at banks in Butwal Municipality of west Nepal, after a man was robbed of Rs 53,000 from a branch of the Everest Bank there last week.
The trio had looted Rs 300,000 from a milk counter of a cooperative dairy in Butwal 10 days ago, Rs 300,000 from Tek Bahadur GC of Devkota Chowk in Bhairahawa last Monday and Rs 115,000 from Rizwan Khan, an employee of NDK Brick Factory.
Although they had claimed they came to Butwal in search of a lost relative, they later confessed to their crime after failing to produce any train or bus tickets and Indian currency when demanded by the police.
"They only had Nepali currency notes though they claimed to have arrived Nepal that very day," Karki said.
According to the police the trio used to throw dust in the eyes of people or divert attention by dropping paper notes before robbing them.