7 weeks af­ter Nir­mala Pant's mur­der, po­lice still clue­less

People's Review - - NEWS - By Our Re­porter

It has al­ready been seven weeks since 13-yearold Nir­mala Panta of Kan­chan­pur was raped and mur­dered. But the po­lice have still been clue­less about the guilty. In­stead, the in­ci­dent has badly spoiled the im­age of the po­lice as the lo­cals in Kan­chan­pur and peo­ple across the coun­try think that the po­lice have made the in­ci­dent mys­te­ri­ous by try­ing to de­stroy the ev­i­dences. Me­dia re­ports clearly sug­gest that the district lead­er­ship of the Nepal po­lice is re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing the case more com­pli­cated by not co­op­er­at­ing with the fam­ily mem­bers of the vic­tims and lo­cals im­me­di­ately af­ter Nir­mala went miss­ing. More­over, when an uniden­ti­fied woman washed the trousers and pri­vate part of Nir­mala's body in the pres­ence of po­lice, peo­ple have a strong be­lief that the po­lice had their hands in pro­tect­ing the guilty. Sim­i­larly, po­lice pre­sented a men­tally re­tarded man as the main guilty in the be­gin­ning and tor­tured oth­ers to ac­cept the crime. But the DNA test proved the po­lice move was wrong. Al­though the gov­ern­ment sus­pended the po­lice lead­er­ship of the district and other po­lice of­fi­cers and formed at least two in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mit­tee, no guilty has been traced till the date. Now the pub­lic think the po­lice them­selves have raped the girl. How­ever, DNA test of the po­lice of­fi­cers will con­firm their in­volve­ment in crime. Los­ing faith on the district po­lice of­fice, par­ents of Nir­mala and women ac­tivists of Kan­chan­pur are now in Kath­mandu to ex­ert pres­sure on the gov­ern­ment to find the guilty and give jus­tice to the vic­tims. The par­ents poured their pains to the me­dia while the ac­tivists demon­strated in the streets of Kath­mandu de­mand­ing jus­tice to the vic­tim. Fa­ther and mother of Nir­mala also met with Prime Min­is­ter K P Sharma Oli on Mon­day. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Prime Min­is­ter Oli as­sured the fam­ily mem­bers that the gov­ern­ment would bring the guilty to book at any cost. Thir­teen-year-old Panta was raped and killed on July 26. Ac­cept­ing a let­ter of me­moran­dum sub­mit­ted by late Nir­mala's fa­ther and mother Yaga Ba­hadur Panta and Durga at the Prime Min­is­ter's res­i­dence in Baluwatar, Prime Min­is­ter Oli said that who­ever had in­volved in the crime would be brought to jus­tice soon. “Nir­mala is not only your daugh­ter, she is also my daugh­ter and the whole na­tion's daugh­ter and I have been tak­ing the in­ci­dent very se­ri­ously,” Prime Min­is­ter Oli said. How­ever, it is un­likely that the po­lice would suc­ceed to ar­rest the cul­prits. On Sun­day the Po­lice Head­quar­ters formed yet an­other pow­er­ful in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mit­tee un­der the co­or­di­na­tion of a Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral (DIG) Dhiru Bas­net to probe into the in­ci­dent. “We can­not think of pro­tect­ing and giv­ing un­der­cover to cul­prits for a sec­ond, the State will act as per the law," the Prime Min­is­ter said. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Nir­mala's mother Durga Maya said that they had to come to meet the gov­ern­ment with no other wish but to seek jus­tice and ac­tion against the cul­prits.

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