Police begin investigation into Panchthar carnage

- GYANU GHIMIRE, PANCHTHAR

May 23, 2019-

Police have initiated investigation into Monday night’s massacre in Panchthar village where a masked man wielding a khukuri hacked nine people of two families in cold blood.

An investigation team reached the incident site at Aarubote Village in Miklajung Rural Municipality-3 on Wednesday and inquired about the incident with the family members of the suspected murderer, Man Bahadur Makhim, and other villagers.

Superintendent of Police Suraj Khatri said they had some compelling evidence against Man Bahadur, and they were investigating if he had other accomplices.

Five family members of Dhanraj Sherma and four members of his father-in-law Bam Bahadur Fayak were slaughtered by a masked man on Monday night. Police suspect that the man behind the mask was Man Kumar, who was found hanging from a tree in a neighbouring village on Tuesday.

Police had recovered some cash and a cell phone from the site where Man Bahadur was found hanging, while his clothes and a blood-stained khukuri were found a few metres away.

“Man Bahadur had telephoned a man asking for Rs 5,000 to buy medicines before committing suicide,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Narendra Kunwar.

Man Bahadur’s family members said that he was suffering from mental illness and he had left home on Monday morning to buy his medicines.

Hasta Raj Fago, a local man, said Man Bahadur and his wife Man Kumari were planning to get a divorce and that the latter had been living with her parents for the past three years. Man Bahadur also had a serious dispute with Dhanraj, the husband of Man Kumari’s

eldest sister.

Urmila Rai, the deputy chief of Miklajung, said the divorce case was about to proceed at the District Court.A team from the Central Investigation Bureau of NepaliPolice has also reached the village for investigation.

Published: 23-05-2019 10:07

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