Nepal Police parades suspected serial killer in Saptari

RAJBIRAJ: Police said they have arrested a man who allegedly killed seven* people in last five years, and paraded the suspect at the Saptari District Police Office in Rajbiraj on Monday.

Identified as Mohammad Rahij Miya, the 26-year-old suspect is said to be an Indian national with his permanent address in Madhubani of the Indian state of Bihar. He, however, had been residing in Sarswar-7 of Saptari for a couple of years.

Miya was arrested from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu yesterday and brought to Saptari.

He was carrying a fake Nepali passport (numbered 07656643) while he was arrested, SP Bhim Prasad Dhakal informed at the press conference.

The suspect is accused of killing seven Nepalis, including four from Saptari and three from Sunsari.

Miya had committed the murder in Nepal for the first time in 2012. Police claimed he had killed Sahabud Miya and the latter's daughter-in-law Sagira Khatun in Kalyanpur-8 of Saptari on September 17, 2012.

Miya, assisted by one Mohammad Sakil Hussain, had also robbed the victims of Rs 276,000.

In October 2013, he had murdered Dulari Devi Sah in Jandaul-6 of the district after robbing her of Rs 600,000. The victim's mortal remains was recovered from a forest in Jandaul-8 on May 10, 2015.

On March 15, 2014, Nirmala Devi Sah of Trilok-5 in the district was also killed by Miya among six.

Like his previous deeds, he had robbed the victim and murdered her in a bid to do away with all evidences of the property crime, SP Dhakal added. The three murders recorded in Saptari district also had the same motive.

Meanwhile, police said Mohammad Sakil Hussain, who had acted as an accomplice to Miya in most of the crimes, is currently in Saudi Arabia. The Nepal Police is coordinating with the Interpol in a bid to extradite him to Nepal.