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RPP’s Lingden gets death threats

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 9

The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepali Police yesterday arrested a person for issuing death threats to Rastriya Prajatantra Party’s lawmaker from Jhapa Constituency No 3 Rajendra Lingden.

The arrestee has been identified as Tilak Das Parajuli of Jhapa district. Earlier, the CIB had arrested Pradip Rokaya for making death threat to Lingden.

Lingden had lodged a complaint stating that he had received multiple death threats from unidentified persons through WhatsApp.

Lingden, the only elected member in the Parliament from RPP, said he had received the first death threat some 15 days ago. He got a voice message from an unknown person on WhatsApp.

Lingden said initially he did not take the message seriously, but a few days later another unknown person sent him a voice message telling him that he could be killed any time. The caller also told Lingden that he had been offered Rs 5 million for his murder.

According to Lingden, the man spoke in Hindi and claimed that he was from India. The man sent Lingden one more voice message asking him to contact him on the same number through which he had sent the message. By this time, Lingden had already informed police about the death threats and Central Investigation Bureau had started investigating the case.

Director  of CIB DIG Niraj Bahadur Shahi said the preliminary investigation showed that Parajuli and Rokaya issued death threats to extort money from Lingden.


A version of this article appears in print on April 10, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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