Kathmandu, October 29
Metropolitan Police Crime Division today arrested the main accused, along with two others, in connection with the murder of businessman Sharad Kumar Gauchan. Gauchan, 60, was shot dead in broad daylight in Kathmandu on October 9 last year.
Organising a press meet today, MPCD made public the main accused Aambar Bahadur Rana Magar aka Kalu,31, Roshan Budhathoki, 26, and Som Lama aka Lopsang, 40. Police said Rana Magar was the one who shot at Gauchan .
Four unidentified assailants on two motorcycles had first hurled bricks at Gauchan’s vehicle to break the windshield before shooting him at Kharibot in Shantinagar of Kathmandu. His driver had then rushed Gauchan to the Civil Service Hospital in New Baneshwor, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Gauchan was the president of Federation of Contractors’ Association of Nepal.
Police said all three accused were arrested from Kakadvitta of Jhapa district this morning.
Rana Magar, who is a former Nepali Army soldier, has admitted that he had murdered Yuwa Sangh Nepal leader Durga Tiwari in Rupandehi in 2016 and shot at gangster Dawa Lama some three months after killing Tiwari.
The number of suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in Gauchan’s murder has reached 12 so far, police said.
Talking to THT, Senior Superintendent of Police Dhiraj Pratap Singh said, “With the recent arrests, we have nabbed all those involved in Gauchan’s murder.”
Earlier, police had arrested Shyam Gombe and claimed that he was the one who shot at Gauchan.
SSP Singh also said all those arrested in connection with Gauchan’s murder used to work for gangster Samirman Singh Basnet, who is in jail since December last year.
Samirman was arrested from Narayangadh of Chitwan while entering Nepal from India.
The Cabinet meeting had declared Gauchan a martyr.
A version of this article appears in print on October 30, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.