MP Alam remanded in custody for seven days

RAUTAHAT: Rautahat District Court on Tuesday has remanded Mohammad Aftab Alam, elected member of HoR from Rautahat Constituency, for seven days in custody from the day of his arrest, for further investigation into the case.

Alam, who was arrested from Idris Gate of Rajpur Municipality on October 13, on charges of murder, has been confirmed to remain in police custody for further investigation until October 18.

Since the court remained closed for two consecutive days on Sunday and Monday, following the arrest, police presented the Nepali Congress leader and former minister in court demanding 10 days of remand from the day of his arrest. However, the judge ordered that Alam be kept in police custody for seven days from the day of arrest.

Alam, who was brought for hearing under tight security, said that the case had already been closed in 2008. He added that he was surprised to have been arrested for the same years later.

The testimonials from first-hand witnesses of the blast have already been recorded while investigation is going on by questioning those who survived the incident, informed Spokesperson of Rautahat Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nabin Karki.

Alam has been taken back to District Police Office, Rautahat after the court hearing.

A police team led by DSP Nabin Karki from Rautahat  District Police Office arrested Alam on the charge of his involvement in an explosion in Rajpur Kharadawa on 9 April 2008.

The explosion had occurred while Alam was getting people to make bombs in his home with the intention of seizing election booths on the eve of the first Constituent Assembly election. Eight persons, including Oshi Akhtar and Trilok Pratap Singh of Yamunamai Rural Municipality were seriously injured in the blast.

According to Rautahat DPO, MP Alam is accused of having packed the injured persons in sacks, killing them and dumping their bodies in a brick kiln belonging to his relative.