Police team from the District Police Office Rupandehi, shot dead a murder convict during a crossfire with suspected smugglers at Siddharthanagar Municipality-10, Shankarpur, on Thursday evening.
The DPO, Rupandehi, informed that Kedar Sahani, 40, of Siddharthanagar Municipality-6, was identified as the person shot dead during the shootout by his brother on Wednesday evening.
Sahani had been on the most wanted list of Nepal Police for 5+ years after he was found involved in the kidnapping & subsequent murder of Akash Gurung, 38, of the same municipality in 2014.
According to the chief of Rupandehi Superintendent of Police Hridaya Thapa, the crossfire started after Sahani opened fire at a mobile unit of the district police patrolling the Shankarpur customs checking documents of the travelers in the border area.
He added that the police team was on regular duty to check for thieves & smugglers illegally traveling through the border when they encountered Sahani.
In 2014, the decaying body of Akash Gurung, the operator of a manpower company in Bhairahawa, was found in a community forest in Bardaghat Municipality-10, after being abducted for 15 days.
Gurung was identified through his clothes. The kidnappers had demanded Rs 10 million in ransom.
A police team led by the then chief of Rupandehi DPO, SP Rajendra Dhakal, had killed Indian national Sahasran Khan, an accomplice in the murder of Akash Gurung in Rupandehi during an encounter in November 2014, a few months after the murder took place.
His gang members had surrendered during the encounter while he tried to retaliate.
Sahani along with 7 other inmates had fled from Kapilvastu prison on January 15, 2010, where he was serving a jail sentence for illegal arms possession. Watch full report along with video right here: