Anuja Baniya was praised everywhere for the news about her returned a bag containing Rs. 9.1 million and a diamond necklace to the owner on April 9. This news was initiated by Kantipur and was covered in a number of newspapers. Even the President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav called Baniya to appreciate her deed.
But on Friday, a question aroused on the veracity of the story when Baniya requested Kathmandu Police to find out number of Poudel and then, Poudel. Baniya says the number was deleted from her mobile.
The photo on the newspaper itself was a fake. Anuja is the one on the left whereas the photo on the right is that of her friend Mamata Adhikari
Kumar Baniya, cousin of Anuja, said he cannot believe Anuja has found money and returned it.
The President´s Office has asked Morang Chief District Officer to cross-check to find out the truth behind the incident,” the source added.
The source said Morang´s CDO has transferred the responsibility to Sunsari´s CDO Ram Prasad Thapaliya saying the matter did not fall under his jurisdiction.
Baniya claimed that she indeed found the bag and returned it to its owner. She has appealed Poudel to come in front of public.
Poudel is said to have withdrawn the sum from IME, Itahari, and traveled to Dharan to purchase land for his daughter. However, IME Itahari´s manager Darshan Shrestha, said the branch has not released such sum since April 2.
UPDATE: Kantipur has told that the news was incorrect and has apologized for the mistake.