Rajbiraj, December 11
Police arrested ward chair of Shambhunath Municipality-12, along with two others, after they were accused of attempting to rape a woman from the same municipality in Saptari today.
Ward Chair Laxmi Sah and two others have been arrested, but police have not revealed the names of the other accused persons.
Superintendent of Police Krishna Prasain of Saptari District Police Office said that the accused were arrested after a woman filed an attempt to rape case against them. Police said that the names of the other accused persons would be made public after investigation.
DSP Tilak Bharati said a special police team deployed from DPO had held the trio from their homes.
The accused, Sah, was elected in the local level election from the Nepali Congress.
According to the victim’s complaint, the trio had tried to rape her on November 30 at a poultry farm operated by the Ward chairperson. Police said that the trio was arrested for the purpose of investigation after the victim filed a case against them.
Meanwhile, issuing a press statement, district Secretary of Nepali Congress Satrughan Prasad Yadav said that the woman was trying to defame the ward chair by filing a fake rape case against him. He said it was a conspiracy to defame Sah. Yadav demanded fair investigation into the case.
A version of this article appears in print on December 12, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.