Nepal | November 14, 2019

Kin, friends of deceased demand fair investigation

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 23

Irate kin and friends of Bimala Tamang, 27, who was found hanging inside Samata Hospital on June 18, gathered outside Metropolitan Police Circle, Gaushala, and staged protest demanding a thorough investigation into her death.

Relatives have accused three staffers of the hospital of murdering Bimala. She used to work as a cleaning staff at the Bouddha-based hospital. They had also filed an FIR against the staffers at the MPC on June 20.

The relatives lodged the complaint on the basis of a ‘suicide note’ found in the pocket of the deceased.

The note mentioned two names, Tirtha Kumari Shrestha and Sangita K.C. The note also mentioned the word ‘ma’am’, which allegedly refers to Kala Adhikari Sanjel, wife of the hospital director Uttam Sanjel.

Police have taken three persons into custody following the FIR. The relatives of Bimala doubt that police were trying to botch up the investigation and convince them into signing a reconciliation paper with those arrested.

Santosh Lama, brother-in-law of the deceased said, “We have doubts about the police investigation as they have tried to convince us to reconcile since the day the incident took place. We want an unbiased investigation into the case.”

Deceased’s family has been saying that the hospital administration denied entry to particular rooms in the hospital when the deceased’s husband had reached there on the eve of June 17, in search of his missing wife. “Bimala’s body was found hanging in the same room, to which entry was denied the previous day,” Lama said.

They also claimed that the room where Bimala was found hanging, was locked from outside making the incident highly suspicious.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Singha Raj Yonjan said they were investigating the case asking the kin and family of the deceased to remain patient.

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A version of this article appears in print on June 24, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


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