Police yet to interrogate Bam sisters in Kanchanpur incident

DHANGADHI: Despite taking the Bam sisters-duo in custody for their alleged involvement in Nirmala Panta's rape and murder case, police are yet to interrogate them as part of investigation.

Earlier, the 13-year-old victim had gone to her friend Roshni Bam's house to do her assignments on July 26. The following day, she was found dead at a nearby sugarcane field in Bhimdatta Municipality-18 of Kanchanpur district.

They were presented before the District Court on Monday and remanded in custody for six days for further investigation, police said.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Kuber Kathayat at District Police Office, Kanchanpur said, "Police have not recorded any statements from the sisters yet." He added, "Police are investigating their involvement in the crime. If required their remand can be extended."

"We cannot point a finger unless the investigation proves their involvement in the case," SP Kathayat said referring to ongoing investigation.

When enquired about the involvement of Bhimdatta Municipality Mayor Surendra Bista's cousin and suspended SP Dilliraj Bista's son  in the crime, he said it would be too early to comment, prior to the conclusion of the investigation.

He further said that no one had filed an FIR against anyone in Nirmala Panta's rape and murder case.

Meanwhile, a team led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Krishna Raj Ojha is investigating into the case. Earlier, DSP Dipendra Khadka had led the investigation. The high-level probe committee is also in the municipality at present.