Kathmandu: Nepalese Police today said they had arrested eight Indian nationals and two Chinese from different parts of the country on charges of smuggling guns and gold.
Six Indian nationals were arrested in Biratnagar, an industrial town of eastern Nepal, and weapons were seized from them, police officials said.
Those arrested men were identified as Subodh Paswan, Murlidhar Das, Bikas Paswan, Nitesh Kumar Yadav, Pramoda Kumar Tanti and Phantus Tanti, all from Bhagalpur district of Bihar.
They were arrested on the basis of a tip-off when they entered Nepal in a private vehicle, police said. Five 7.65 mm weapons and a 9 mm pistol were seized from them.
In a separate incident in Dhanusha district, Nabin Kumar Singh and Rita Singh from Sitamarhi in Bihar were arrested with some rounds of pistol ammunition, police said.
They were arrested when they visited a prison in Dhanusha on a motorcycle to meet 45-year-old Lalita Singh, serving a sentence for murdering Nepalese journalist Uma Singh.
In yet another incident, two Chinese nationals and a Nepali man were arrested at Barhabise in Sindhupalchowk district near the border with China.
During a security check, police nabbed Sijan Ghyampung and Karma Chiring Sherpa, residents of Tibet, and Jimi Sherpa as they were carrying 10 kg of gold while entering Nepal, officials said.