Karidevi found dead 15 days after abduction

Siraha, August 25

Fifteen days after being abducted, Karidevi Yadav, 55, of Choharwa in Golbazaar Municipality-10, Siraha, was found dead this morning.

The body was found buried near a bamboo grove belonging to Ramdev Yadav of Gauraha in Naraha Rural Municipality-1. The body had already started decomposing. A group of unidentified persons had taken Karidevi on a motorbike a fortnight ago. Local Pramod Mahato said police had not made any efforts to search for missing Yadav.

According to Pramod, locals looked for Yadav near the bamboo grove as Gauraha locals told them that they had seen two motorbikes and four to five people on the night Karidevi was kidnapped. “When we saw a sack and some bamboo sticks, we dug the soil and found human leg. The body was identified on the basis of clothes,” he said.

Locals had informed the police immediately after they found the body. The delay in police arrival had irked locals.

Superintendent of Police Jivan Shrestha confirmed that the body was of Karidevi and sent it to District Hospital Siraha for post-mortem.

Meanwhile, irate locals staged a chakkajam for two hours at Choharwa along the East-West Highway, citing police’s reluctance to search the missing woman.

Locals claimed that Karidevi was murdered following a dispute over land partition issue between the deceased and her husband’s elder brother. Karidevi was provided 10 kathha and eight dhur land out of one bigaha and 16 dhur land registered in her father-in-law’s name following the death of her husband and father-in-law.

Karidevi had registered a case at the District Court after she came to know about the 16 kathha and 16 dhur land secretly owned by her father-in-law. Before the court issued a verdict, nephew Laxman had threatened Karidevi if the case was not withdrawn from the court.

On the evening Karidevi went missing, Laxman, his maternal uncle’s son, and two other youths had consumed liquor at a local tavern. A few minutes after Laxman left for his father-in-law’s house, Karidevi was abducted and taken away on a motorbike.

Police have arrested Ramdev and Laxman.