Nepal | July 10, 2020

Murdered Shakya kept records of transactions

Hari Adhikari
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Biratnagar, July 18

The account system maintained by Chudamani Uprety (Gorey), main accused in the smuggling of 33 kg gold and subsequent murder of Sanam Shakya, has been proved correct.

Scientific tests of the account system discovered during police investigation proved the system right. Gorey had given the responsibility of keeping records of transaction of smuggled gold to Sanam.

Scientific examination of registers and accounts recovered during the probe proved the account system correct. Registers and accounts recovered by the Special Investigation Committee were sent to the Nepal Police Forensic Science Lab and National Forensic Laboratory for verification. Both the labs corroborated that Sanam had maintained transaction records.

The investigation team recovered six accounts. Morang District Attorney Punya Prasad Pathak said that labs had verified that Sanam had written the transaction records. Reports from the labs have been submitted to the district court.

According to Pathak, Sanam’s signature on the bank voucher for depositing money, signature on the register, and his writing and words written earlier were sent for test. The report verified that the writing and signatures were Sanam’s. Pathak said the report attested Gorey’s transaction system.

Sanam Shakya was tortured to death by a group of gold smugglers, including Gorey, after 33 kg gold smuggled from Dubai went missing.

The office of the government attorney has filed charge-sheet against 74 people involved in gold smuggling. Of them, five have been remanded to custody for investigation. One was freed on general date while three were freed on bail.

As many as 34 including five high level police officers have been remanded to judicial custody. Thirty-six persons including one of the main accused Mohan Kumar Agrawal are at large.

Police had filed a case claiming that Gorey’s group had smuggled around 38 quintals of gold from Tribhuvan International airport.


A version of this article appears in print on July 19, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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