HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Chhori Maiya Maharjan (51) of Jaisidewal, Kathmandu, has been missing since February 28.
Sudha, a daughter of the missing woman, said her mother had left for Gyaneshwor at around 8.15 am on February 28 to meet Surakshya Singh alias Nikki, one of her friends. She did not return.
Metropolitan Police Crime Division and the Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka, have launched an investigation into the case, but they have no lead so far.
The woman’s family also met Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar and asked him to locate her whereabouts, but to no avail.
Yesterday, police arrested Surakshya for investigation after the family lodged an FIR against her. Sudha recounted that she had received a text message from her mother’s mobile phone at around 8 pm that day. “I am at Manakamana with friends and will return home a day after tomorrow,” Sudha said, quoting her mother’s text.
According to Sudha, her mother was just literate and could not text in English. “The text prompted us to suspect that my mother might have been taken hostage. When I telephoned Surakshya that day to inquire about my mother, she told me not to panic saying Chhori Maiya will come home within a day or two,” Sudha said. But the woman’s mobile phone set has been switched off since Sudha received the text.
In course of investigation, police found a diary in which Chhori Maiya has noted that she has given a loan of five million rupees to Surakshya and borrowed Rs 800,000 from others.
However, Surakshya told police she had taken five lakh rupees from Chhori Maiya. The missing woman’s kin staged a protest outside the MPR, Hanumandhoka, today, demanding a prompt investigation.