Kathmandu, June 18
A cleaning staffer of Samata Hospital in Bouddha was found hanging in the hospital building today. The deceased has been identified as Bimala Tamang, 27, of Ramechhap district.
Her body was found hanging from ceiling, near a toilet. A sheet of paper with names of three employees at the hospital has been recovered from the incident site, according to police.
Many locals had gathered in the area after the incident. Enraged family members of the deceased and locals picketed the hospital, demanding a probe into the incident. The angry mob vandalised the hospital’s property.
Glasses and flower pots were broken. A car was also vandalised by the protesting locals. Overturned tables and chairs, stones and flower pots were lying scattered on the hospital premises.
The mob repeatedly hurled stones at the hospital, blocking the adjacent road as security forces tried to contain the situation. An additional team of police from Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, was deployed to bring the situation under control. Police used force to disperse the irritated mob after tension ran high in and around the hospital. Police were trying to disperse the mob till the evening.
“The deceased was a cleaning staffer at the hospital. She had joined two months ago,” said Ajay Adhikari, one of the founding members of the hospital.
Protesters alleged that Tamang was murdered under mysterious circumstances. “We suspect that there could have been some foul play behind her death. We want the truth,” said Santosh Lama, brother-in-law of the deceased.
“The body has been sent to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital for post-mortem. We can’t say anything until we get autopsy report. Uttam Sanjel, the founder of the hospital and two other persons have been detained for interrogation. Further investigation is on,” said Spokesperson for the Metropolitan Crime Range DSP Hobindra Bogati.
A version of this article appears in print on June 19, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.