Charge sheets filed against SP Dilliraj Bista again

Kathmandu, March 7: The Attorney Office of Kanchanpur has filed charge sheets against eight police officers, including canned SP Dilliraj Bista and six other police officers, who were arrested in the rape and murder case of Nirmala Panta.

The charge sheets were filed by Durga Devi, mother of Nirmala Panta, and Durga Devi's brother Khadga Bista.

The charge sheets were filed separately on Wednesday accusing them of destroying the proofs before and after the rape and murder of the 13-year old girl.

The charge sheets were filed against the then SP of Kanchanpur district and now dismissed SP Dilliraj Bista, former DSP Gyan Bahadur Shetty, suspended CIB's DSP Angur G.C. and another suspended Inspector Yekendra Khadka. Four of them were filed charge torturing the detainees in the police custody, according to DSP Krishna Raj Ojha of the Kanchanpur District Police Office.

Similarly, former ward police inspector Jagadish Bhatta, suspended Sub-Inspectors Hari Singh Dhami and Ram Singh Dhami and police personnel Chandani Saud were charge sheeted for destroying the proofs from the incident site.

The government had dismissed SP Bista and Inspector Bhatta on October 25, 2018 from the service of Nepal Police. Six other are in suspension.

According to Nepal Police Headquarters spokesperson and SSP Uttam Raj Subedi, Kanchanpur Police had detained six, including DSP Gyan Bahadur Shetty. The arrested police officers and personnel were presented to Kanchanpur District Court. "The arrestees are all in the police detention of Kanchanpur District Police Office," SSP Subedi said.

SSP Subedi said that SP Bista and Shetty were not present in the court on Wednesday.

"Now hearing on the case begins and we will do as per the verdict," SSP Subedi said.

Before the hearing, the Court will take statements from all the arrestees, he said.

Nirmala had disappeared on the afternoon of July 26, 2018 after visiting her classmate Aachal Bam, aka Roshani. Nirmala’s mother had called the police that evening after her daughter went missing, but no action was taken, according to a report of the Home Ministry.

Her body was found at around 9:00 am the next day in a sugarcane field. 

Currently, the special team of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has been conducting an investigation into the case. 

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