33 kg gold smuggling case: Court records statements of 15 suspects
BIRATNAGAR: The Morang District Court has finished recording statements of 15 out of 29 suspects accused of smuggling 33 kilograms of gold and murdering gold carrier Sanam Shakya.
According to District Court Registrar Navaraj Dulal, the court had started recording statements since Friday. The court today itself recorded statements of 10 suspects, Dulal added.
Among the suspects, Tek Raj Malla, Bhujung Gurung, Rajendra Kumar Shakya, Mahabir Prasad Golyan aka Chahaji, Lal Bahadur Magar, Birendraman Shrestha, Sambir Prasad Tolange, Balkrishna Shrestha, Doram Khatri and Kapil Raj Puri have recorded their statements.
However, suspended Sub-Inspector of Police Bal Krishna Sanjel, who had gone to the court to record his statement today, will have to appear before the court tomorrow as well to complete his statement.
Earlier, Mohan Kafle, Lakpa Shrepa, Madan Prasad Ghimire aka Madav, Narendra Karki aka Krishna and Rajan Kumar had recorded their statements at the court on Friday.
Meanwhile, one of the suspects, Nepal Police head constable Amar Bahadur Thapa Magar has been arrested and presented before the court.
District Police Office Morang had filed a case of abduction, smuggling, hostage taking and murder at the court last Wednesday.
As many as 30 accused, including SSP Dibesh Lohani, SP Bikashraj Khanal, DSP Sanjay Raut, SI Bal Krishna Sanjel, constable Bishnu Khadka, former DIG Govind Niraula, head constable Ambar Bahadur Thapa are in custody.
A total of 33, including SSP Shyam Bahadur Khatri and the main accused Chudamani Upreti are at large.