Woman held for masterminding father’s murder

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu
Police arrest Sangita Maharjan, 20, along with her six accomplices, for killing Maila Maharjan, 43, on February 4

Feb 25, 2016-A woman has been arrested for masterminding the murder of her father after a row between them over putting money into a beauty parlour turned ugly. 

Police on Tuesday arrested Sangita Maharjan, 20, of Tokha, Kathmandu, along with her six accomplices, for killing Maila Maharjan, 43, on February 4.

Police identified other arrestees as Santosh Pandey of Dhading, Bikram Tamang of Dhading, Surya Rana Magar of Makawanpur, Dhan Kumar Tamang of Bhojpur, Hari Tamang of Kavre and Santosh Thapa Magar of Dhading. Santosh Pandey is Sangita’s husband.

According to police, Sangita had decided to marry Pandey despite opposition from her family. As a trained beautician, Sangita had been pestering her father to put money into a beauty parlour before her marriage. 

After getting married with Pandey, Sangita again started badgering her father into 

giving her Rs 300,000 to 400,000 so that she could start the venture. But her father refused.

According to police, at one point, the father had agreed to sell his land to give her the required money. But when the father showed no signs of selling the land, Sangita, along with her husband, hatched a plot to kill the entire family and acquire the property. Sangita then asked Bikram Tamang and his friends to kill her father.

“Earlier, the group had made an unsuccessful attempt to kill the man on January 31,” said Senior Superintend of Police Sarbendra Khanal, chief of Metropolitan Police Crime Division, Teku.

On the day of the murder, Sangita had asked her father to accompany her to a nearby bridge. 

When at the bridge, she threw sand in Maila’s eyes and Bikram, Surya Rana Magar, Dhan Kumar Tamang, Hari Tamang and Santosh Thapa Magar killed him. 

According to SSP Khanal, Sangita had agreed to pay Rs 1million for the murder but the perpetrators had later demanded Rs 5million for the killing.

Published: 25-02-2016 09:03

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