Police has arrested 17 persons from Nibel ghat in Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality, Gorkha, with a body of a woman being taken for final rites.
The body of a woman identified as Bidha Bishwakarma, 74, was being taken to the ghat for performing final rites. She had died on Saturday morning. Police said the arrests were made suspecting the deceased Bishwakarma was murdered.
Police said her son Rajesh Bishwakarma, 35, under the influence of alcohol had thrashed her over a week ago. Bishwakarma of Majhthok, Masel, in the municipality was injured in the thrashing and also has bruises on her body.
Police suspected Bishwakarma died as a result of the thrashing and made the arrest when the body was being taken for final rites.
Her body has been kept at Gorkha Hospital. The arrested are being quizzed by police.