Probe team formed to look into Nirmala’s murder case to submit report

By Our Correspondent, Kanchanpur, Sept. 8: The high-level investigation committee, formed under the coordination of Joint Secretary Hari Prasad Mainali to probe into the rape and murder case of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta has said that it will submit its report to the government within four days.

The probe committee would submit the report to Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal within four days, said Committee chair Mainali at a press conference at Mahendranagar on Friday.

He said that they wo1uld submit the report on the basis of the field study and inquiry with the concerned persons.

The report will be prepared by inquiring with the then police inspector of case department Yekendra Khadka, Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi and Superitendent of Police Dilli Raj Bista, he said.

There is certainly a rationale of the protest of the local people in this murder case, he said adding that the case was serious.

Our investigation has concluded that persons involved in preliminary investigation of the case made errors in their works.

He said that Superintendent of Police Dilli Raj Bista was suspended for his moral responsibility in the faults in the preliminary investigations.

“We have made in-depth investigation on the issue. Involvement of large number of peoples in the site of the incident as compared to number of police had made the investigation process more difficult,” he said.

He said that the protest was not so disorderly as to open fire by the police in August 23 and 24. The committee attributed the police fire in the protest to the lack of coordination between concerned officials due to change in leadership of police and district administration, he said.

The committee seemed confident to find the truth and nab the culprit of the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Sarbendra Khanal said that he would take action to the guilty whoever found behind the murder of Nirmala Panta.

He said that he would not hesitate to take action if the police staffs were found guilty behind the murder case and its investigation process. He said so while addressing the national campaign “Accountability of Nepal Police in Reduction of Violence Against Women and Protection of Human Rights” that started from Kanchanpur today.

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