Metropolitan Crime Division, Kathmandu, has arrested 29-year-old Suresh Timalsina on the charge of murdering Santoshi Subba, whose body was found on June 22 by local women inside an unused public toilet on the southern outskirts of Kathmandu valley in Dakshinkali.

Superintendent of Police Krishna Prasad Pangeni, who led the investigation, said the accused Timalsina, who worked as an assistant driver of a public vehicle, killed the 27-year-old Subba after failing to rape her at the crime scene.

Subba, who was famous for mimicking the sounds of over 60 animals and had gone viral on social media, often used to wander around Kathmandu valley. She had left her squatter settlement in Kalopul a couple of days ago and stayed at a guest house at Pharping around Dakshinkali area.

On June 20, as she was returning to her house, she met Timalsina at an eatery. According to police, they talked at the place for a few hours and soon turned into acquaintances.

Timalsina offered to give her a ride. "The man then lured her off the road and took her to the crime scene where he tried to rape her. As she aggressively protested against the heinous act, the man used her scarf to tie her neck and finally killed her," Pangeni said.

The man had then smashed the victim's face with a stone to confuse police about her identity. He had also ripped off her clothes so that people would not identify her easily.

Police arrested Timalsina after locals reported sighting the victim with him at the restaurant.

Police had then collected more information about him from local people and started searching for him.

Timalsina, who hails from Sindhupalchowk, was also captured by various CCTVs.

He was finally nabbed from a hideout at Kamalakshi, in Kathmandu, yesterday.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 25 2021, of The Himalayan Times.