Court records statements of all 30 suspects in gold smuggling case

BIRATNAGAR: The Morang District Court on Tuesday completed recording statements of all the arrested 30 suspects accused of murdering co-conspirator Sanam Shakya and smuggling 33 kilo gram of gold.

Among the accused, only 30 persons have landed in police net, however, the other 33 suspects including the mastermind Churamani Upreti aka Gore, serving Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shyam Bahadur Khatri are at large.

Earlier, 30 persons were arrested in connection to the case and the court had started recording their statement since Thursday.

The court proceeding which was scheduled to begin from Wednesday has been deferred to Thursday owing to Law Day tomorrow, according to registrar Navaraj Dulal.

Dulal further said, suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sanjaya Raut, Prajit KC and Superintendent of Police (SP) Divesh Lohani recorded their statement today itself.

The court took extended time of three and two days respectively to record the statements of main suspects Tekraj Malla Thakuri, Sub-Police Inspector Bal Krishna Sanjel and Sanjay Rawat.

Similarly, the court also took two days to record the statements of Mohan Kafle, Lakpa Sherpa, Madan Prasad Ghimire aka Madav, Narendra Karki aka Krishna and Rajan Kumar.

Likewise, former DIG Govinda Niraula, suspended SP Bikash Raj Khanal, head constable Ambar Bahadur Thapa Magar, Rajan Thapa, Punya Prasad Tamang aka Takle, Gopal Kumar Shrestha, Hemanta Gautam, rAju Maharjan, Amarman Dangol, Tula Ram Tharu, Bishnu Bahadur Khadka, Bhujung Gurung, Rajendra Kumar Shakya, Mahabri Prasad Golyan aka Chachaji, Lal Bahadur Magar, Birendra Man Shrestha, Sambir Prasad Tolange, Bal Krishna Shrestha, Doram Dhaktri and Kapil Raj Puri also recored their statements at the Morang District Court.

Earlier, Morang District Police Office had filed a charge sheet against 63 persons accusing them of forming criminal gang, abduction, hostage taking, murdering co-conspirator Sanam Shakya and smuggling 33 kilo gram of gold among others at the Morang District Court.