NAWALPARASI: Rudra Narayan Chaudhari, who was taken in custody after his girlfriend Manisha Gharti Magar, the sister of national football team striker Bimal Gharti Magar, was found dead in a suspicious condition in Nawalparasi last Thursday, has "passed" a lie-detection test, police said.
Police Inspector Ram Prasad Pandey, who led the test on the suspect as a polygraph expert, said that Chaudhari was asked 11 questions.
One of the questions was if he strangled the 17-year-old girl to death.
In response, Chaudhari said that he did not kill her.
Earlier, the autopsy report suggested that Gharti had died due to hanging, police said.
Her autopsy was carried out at Kathmandu-based Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.
According to the investigation team, the probe now has become more complex as both the polygraph test and the postmortem did not confirm their suspicion.
Police said they looked into the phone details of the deceased and her boyfriend, Chaudhari. The couple had made 218 calls to each other in last one week.
Gharti alone had telephoned Chaudhari for 116 times.
Chaudhari had visited Gharti on May 25. She was found dead in her house the following morning.
The couple had quarrelled that day and Chaudhari had beaten up the girl, police said. Earlier, Chaudhari had told police the two had exchanged blows with each other during the quarrel.
According to police, the shawl used to hang Gharti was gifted by Chaudhari.
It was later found in a culvert near Gharti's house.
Further investigation into the incident is underway, police said.
A team of experts deployed from the Western Regional Police Office in Pokhara had conducted the polygraph test on 22-year-old Chaudhari for five hours yesterday.