Twist in Nirmala murder case as new arrests don’t relate

- CHITRANGA THAPA, BHAWANI BHATTA, KANCHANPUR

Dec 10, 2018-

Pradeep Rawal and Bishal Chaudhari, the latest suspects in the Nirmala Pant murder case—both of whom have allegedly con-fessed to the crime, had been arrest-ed in a petty theft case on the day  13-year-old Nirmala was murdered after rape.

 

According to police, Rawal was taken to custody from Bhimdutta Municipality-18, Kanchanpur, at around 10am on July 26 on suspi-  cion of stealing a chicken and Rs300 from a shop the night before. 

 

Kanchanpur district police chief Superintendent of Police Kuber Kadayat said Rawal was briefly held in custody for questioning. 

 

“Rawal was detained for about  an hour and released after he  was ruled out as a suspect,” SP Kadayat said.

 

The second suspect, Chaudhari, was arrested at around 4pm on the day Nirmala was murdered. Like Rawal, police had detained Chaudhari for questioning over chicken-stealing case. He was released the next morning at the presence of his parents.

 

According to Nirmala’s autopsy report, she was murdered some time between 2 and 3 pm on July 26. 

 

If the postmortem report and  police statement are to be believed, then Rawal was involved in  the gruesome rape and murder  of Nirmala, his neighbour, just hours after he was released from police custody, and Chaudhari  had just returned home after  committing a horrific crime when police came knocking at his  door and took him to the station to question him over stolen chicken and some money. 

 

SP Kadayat said both Rawal and Chaudhari have admitted to their involvement in Nirmala’s murder during interrogation. 

 

“They have confessed to the crime, but investigators still trying to get incriminating evidence to prove their guilt,” he said.

 

The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police is still questioning Chaudhari, who was taken to Kathmandu on Thursday following Rawal’s arrest. 

 

Chuadhari’s father Bir Bahadur has meanwhile claimed that police drugged his son and made him admit guilt for a crime that he did not commit.

 

“When I was allowed to meet my son after he had supposedly con-fessed to the crime, he was clearly unwell, like he was intoxicated. His face had turned red,” he said.

Published: 10-12-2018 07:18

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