Metropolitan Crime Division Teku on Monday made public four persons who were on a run after murdering a woman in Bhaktapur on Sunday. The 4 allegedly planned & murdered Sabitri Bhattarai, 61 on the ground floor of a house belonging to her daughter in Bansbari of Changunarayan Municipality-7.
The arrestees have been identified as daughter of the deceased Ishwari Bhattarai of Indrawati Rural Municipality-5 of Sindhupalchok, currently residing in Changunarayan-7, Mohammad Naushad of Bishnupur in Siraha district, currently residing in Purano Thimi of Bhaktapur, Arjun Kumar also known as Bhola Kumar of East Delhi in India & Mohammad Rahish of Madhumani in India.
MCD in a press release stated that Ishwari & her boyfriend Mohammad Naushad planned to murder Sabitri after she came to know of their relationship.
Fearing that the relationship will become public, the duo with the help of Bhola Kumar brought contract killer Mohammed Rahish to Nepal for Rs 1.2 million & murdered Sabitri.
Meanwhile, further investigation into the case is underway, police said.
Police arrested 27-year-old Ishwari Bhattarai of Changunarayan Municipality, Bhaktapur, for allegedly plotting her mother Sabitri Bhattarai’s murder. Sixty-one-year old Sabitri, a resident of Chandrawoti Rural Municipality, Sidhupalchowk, was found dead yesterday at her daughter Ishwari’s home around 12:00pm in Changu Narayan with her throat slit.
Sabitri was staying with her daughter there. Police also nabbed Ishwari’s alleged paramour Muhammad Nausad Khan, 23, of Kalyanpur Municipality, Siraha, & his 2 Indian accomplices: Bhola Kumar, 24, aka Arjun Kumar of East Delhi & Muhammad Rais, 24, of Madhubani, Bihar for their alleged involvement in Sabitri’s murder.
According to police, Ishwari who is married & has a 4-year-old son, was having an illicit affairs with Mohmmad for some time. Ishwari’s husband runs a hotel in Kathmandu. Metropolitan Police Crime Division, Teku, made the 4 accused public today.
Ishwari’s alleged paramour Muhammad used to live in old Thimi & frequently visited her home.
Chief of the MPCD Senior Superintendent of Police Sahakul Bahadur Thapa said Sabitri, who knew about her daughter’s illicit relations with Mohmmad, wanted to save her daughter’s marital life & family & she had also given Rs 100,000 to Mohmmad to go to Dubai for foreign employment.
“But Mohmmad returned to Nepal on June 25 without staying in Dubai even for 1 & half months with the motive of killing Sabitri so that he could live happily with her daughter,” SSP Thapa said.
Deputy Superintendent of Police at Metropolitan Police Range, Bhaktapur, Sabin Pradhan said Ishwari & Mohmmad were in regular contact through Imo & Viber when Mohmmad was in Dubai. “Police are awaiting digital forensic examination of their mobile phones to find out what messages were exactly exchanged between them,” DSP Pradhan said.
Ishwari had also agreed to provide Rs 1.2 million to Muhammad to kill her mother, said SSP Thapa. According to DSP Rabin Karki of MPCD, the Indian nationals hired by Muhammad had reached Kathmandu on June 29, a day before the murder took place.
“The 3 men had entered Ishwari’s home yesterday noon when Sabitri was alone.
“2 of them held Sabitri while Rais slit the woman’s throat,” said SSP Thapa.
Earlier at 9:00am, before killing Sabitri, Muhammad had visited Ishwari’s home, “ DSP Karki said. He added that Sabitri had beaten Mohmmad with a broom when she saw him in her daughter’s home.
She was furious to see the man, whom she had given her hard earned money in a bid to save her daughter’s family, in her daughter’s house again. “But on the day of the murder, Ishwari was not at home.
She had gone to her sister’s home in Godawari,” DSP Pradhan said. After the murder, the 2 Indian nationals fled to Makawanpur district.
By evening, police had already nabbed Muhammad & they also arrested Ishwari at around 8:00pm from her home. Police said Ishwari’s 4 year-old son’s narration of the early morning incident helped them crack the case within 24 hours.
The boy told the police that Muhammad had come to their house before her grandmother took him to school on the day. Ishwari, on the other hand, has not admitted her involvement in the murder yet.
But circumstantial evidences are against her. “All the circumstantial evidences show that Ishwari & Muhammad jointly hatched a plot to kill Sabitri,” said SSP Thapa.