Police have arrested three persons on the charge of hanging a woman to death in Sunakothi of Lalitpur Metropolitan City, allegedly to sell the rope used for the purpose. They had heard that the rope used for suicide could be sold for millions of rupees.

Those arrested are Sabin Praja, 23, of Raksirang Rural Municipality, Makawanpur, Suman Magar, 20, of Pathari Sanischare Municipality of Morang district, and his wife Prabina Praja Majhi, 18, of the same place.

The arrested have admitted that they murdered the woman, Kamala Tamang, 45, on August 9. Kamala, a permanent resident of Belkotgadhi Municipality of Nuwakot district, had been living in Sunakothi as a labourer. Tamang's body was found inside her makeshift tent at around 6:30am.

Police said that the trio had admitted they committed the crime. The trio had killed the woman and taken the rope used to hang her.

SSP Chandra Kuber Khapung, chief of Metropolitan Crime Division, however, said that they did not reveal the name of the person who informed them.

The perpetrators had also taken away victim's money, jewellery and her mobile phone.

The trio was also desperately searching for old coins with pictures of lord Ram, Laxman and Hanuman in them, a right-handed conch shell, and a lightning-struck stone to sell along with the rope. "Determined to get the rope used for suicide, they made Kamala an easy prey," Khapung said.

Suman and Kamala were in a relationship for some time, according to police. On August 8, Suman had told Kamala that he would visit her place along with his friends. They had reached the victim's place at around 4:00pm and after having dinner and alcohol they stayed in Kamala's room that night.

After Kamala fell asleep, they had tied her hands and feet and hung her till death. They had then fled the crime scene along with the rope. Police were able to nab Suman on October 7 from Harisiddhi of Lalitpur, after which the two other accomplices were also arrested.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 11, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.