Murder convict arrested after 29 years, sent to jail

Khotang, October 26

Police have arrested and sent to prison a person who had been involved in a murder 29 years ago and had been on the run ever since.

Chandra Bahadur Karki, 60, originally from Halesi Tuwachung Municipality-1, who was involved in the murder of a neighbour in his village back in 1989 over a land-related dispute, was held from his home in Sunsari, Ramdhuni Municipality-7, on October 16.

Around 11 years after the murder, the District Court of Khotang had sentenced him to 20 years in prison in the case, but he had managed to avoid arrest and had been living in Mijoram of India lately.

The police arrested him while he had come home to celebrate Dashain. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Raj Kumar KC at District Police Office, Khotang, the arrestee was sent to district prison branch Diktel following the court’s order. He was kept at the district police office until the court opened after Dashain holidays and was sent to prison on the very day he was produced at the court.

As per police sources, Karki ran a cow farm in India and frequently came home secretly. “Though we had traced his address in India as well, we decided to arrest him in Nepal after we learnt that he was coming home to celebrate the festival,” said DSP KC, adding a police team picked him from his home two days after he arrived home.

A total of four people were convicted in the murder of Dhak Bahadur Karki of Halesi Tuwachung Municipality-1 29 years ago.