Nepalgunj, November 19
Nepal Tarun Dal Banke Treasurer Keshar Khadka, who was arrested from Kathmandu on an attempt to murder charge, was handed over to Kohalpur police in Banke, today.
A team of police personnel deployed from Metropolitan Crime Division had arrested Khadka from Kathmandu last evening. Khadka was brought to Nepalgunj on a Shree Airlines flight and handed over to Kohalpur Area Police Office, today.
A group led by Khadka had attacked coordinator of a fair Lokendra Shahi in Baijanath Rural Municipality-3 on October 3 with knife. The Office of District Attorney, Banke, had filed an attempt to murder case against six persons, including Khadka at Banke District Court.
Khadka had been on the run ever since the case was filed against him. Banke District Court had issued an arrest warrant against Khadka. Kohalpur Police had requested Metropolitan Crime Division, Kathmandu, to arrest Khadka.
Immediately after the incident, police arrested Teju Rokaya, Yam Bahadur Rana, Puskar Rana, Bishnu Rokaya, and Suresh Rana. The court had remanded Yam Bahadur to custody while others were released on bail.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Hem Bahadur Shahi said Khadka would be produced before the court soon.
A few weeks ago, an audio recording of a phone conversation between DSP Shahi and Khadka was made public. DSP Shahi had demanded a goat from Khadka for Dashain.
The audio was made public after six persons, including Taraun Dal Nepalgunj Municipal President Sandipjung Shah were arrested with a pistol and some bullets from Namaste Village resort on the night of October 31 from Banke district.
Shah was remanded to judicial custody by the court yesterday. The court, however, freed three others on Rs 150,000 bail each.
They are in police custody as they have not yet submitted the bail amount. Two others were freed the day after their arrest.
A version of this article appears in print on November 20, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.