Kanchanpur rape and murder: High level committee submits report

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Sep 25, 2018-

A high-level committee formed to probe the rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta in Kanchanpur district submitted its report to the Home Ministry on Tuesday.

The committee led by Home Ministry Joint Secretary Hari Prasad Mainali met Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and handed over its report today. The committee was formed under Mainali on August 23 after the police investigation of the incident was found to be dubious and failed to make any progress.

Sources at the ministry said the report has provided information about the various matters and circumstances of the incident and the weakness on the part of police investigation after the incident. However, it has not said how the rape and murder happened.

Nirmala Panta, 13, of Bhimduttanagar Municipality in Kanchanpur district was found dead on July 26 in a sugarcane field a day after she went missing. A forensic report showed that she was raped and strangled to death.

This committee formed after the incident had submitted its preliminary report to the MoHA on September 15. The report had stated the role of police involved in the investigation was weak after which the Home Ministry suspended five police officials including two Deputy Superintended of Police (DSP) for gross negligence in the investigation of into the case.

While receiving the report, Minister Thapa clarified that guilty would be brought to justice by implementing the recommendations made by the probe report.

Published: 25-09-2018 13:46

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