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Sanepa murder-suicide: Domestic help fastened rope around the employer’s neck, claim police

A scene of Arjun Karki’s house in Sanepa after his wife’s murder, in Sanepa of Lalitpur, on Monday, February 10, 2020.

Kathmandu, February 14

The investigators looking into the murder of Muna Karki, the wife of former government secretary Arjun Karki, have concluded that the family’s domestic worker Bijaya Chaudhary fastened a rope around the victim’s neck to kill her. Chaudhary, 22, committed suicide around 30 minutes after the incident.

Earlier, it was reported that Chaudhary hit her head with a sitting tool to kill her. “But, the hitting with the tool was not capable of killing her,” SSP Tek Prasad Rai, the chief of the Metropolitan Police Range in Lalitpur, says, “He, hit her with the tool first. Then, he fastened the rope, after which the woman died.” The investigator says he made the conclusion after analysing technical details of the incident and watching the CCTV footage.

The case, however, is yet to undergo a forensic investigation. The doctors have conducted postmortems of both the bodies: of Chaudhary and Karki. The reports have not been public yet.

The forensic investigators are also examining mobile phones of both persons. The examination is currently underway at the digital forensic lab inside Nepal Police Headquarters.

The police have also recorded statements from another domestic worker, Mina Koirala, plumber Ramesh Chhetri and Chaudhary’s father Janaki.


Published on February 14th, Friday, 2020 12:06 PM


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