Nepal | August 03, 2020

Graft-accused former LRO staffer kills self

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A case has been filed in court against an innocent man like me — Suicide note

Gaighat, August 12

Former first-class non-gazetted officer of Land Revenue Office, Kalanki, Kathmandu, committed suicide here on Saturday night.

Hari Prasad Acharya, 55, was implicated in a corruption case pertaining to the transfer of government land to the names of individuals.

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority had filed a case of corruption against seven persons, including Acharya of Bokse, Triyuga Municipality, in the Special Court on May 17. The CIAA implicated them for transferring government land of Chisapani Community Forest Users’ Group, erstwhile Badbhanjyang VDC’s Patal and Thotne Khola of Kathmandu to the names of individuals.

After the case was registered, Acharya took voluntary retirement from his post. He came home from Kathmandu on Friday.

Acharya left his mobile phone and a bag at home and went out, said a family source.

Police began searching for him after it was reported that he had gone missing, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Ram Krishna KC. They found his body hanging from a tree in Sikharkhutte forest, one kilometre away from home.

A suicide note was recovered from his T-shirt pocket. The note mentions that it was written at 6:00pm on Friday. DSP KC said police would analyse the handwriting in the two-page note.

Acharya claimed in the suicide note that he didn’t take even two rupees as bribe but was implicated in a corruption case. “A case has been filed in court against an innocent man like me,” reads the note. “I have left cheque books of Rastriya Banijya Bank, Nepal Bank, NCC and NIC Asia inside a small bag,” the note reads further.

Acharya has urged his wife to stay with their youngest son in Kathmandu. He regretted that he was not able to educate his son till graduation.

 


A version of this article appears in print on August 13, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


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