After failure to get justice in Kanchanpur district despite repeated pleas along with purported evidence of murder, the mother-in-law of slain Ram Dulari Rana has been knocking the doors of law enforcement agencies in the capital.
Bito Rana, 36, of Bedkot Municipality in Kanchanpur reached Kathmandu last week along with her two and half year old grandson, after her 22-year-old daughter-in-law was found brutally murdered four days after she disappeared on May 31.
Ram Dulari had gone missing following a dispute after Prakash Malla, a neighbor, was found brutally murdered near the highway. He was allegedly illicitly involved with her.
“Had the police station at Daiji responded in time, my daughter-in-law would not have had to die,” the mother-in-law lamented. Five members of the Malla family including the father and sister of Prakash, thrashed Ram Dulari with sharp wooden sticks in the face and mouth, she claimed.
The seriously injured Ram Dulari was then taken away half conscious with the support of two young men and she was never seen again, Bito Rana added.
“A motor vehicle with an Indian number plate was seen in front of their house but we were obstructed from going there to inquire about Ram Dulari,” Bito Rana recalled, speaking at Singha Durbar premises.
According to the dead woman’s family, Assistant Sub Inspector Karan Singh Dhami, in-charge of the police station, initially ignored her request to search for her daughter-in-law and file a complaint.
The Malla family allegedly threatened the Rana family to keep their mouth shut and even proposed a compensation amount, she further claimed.
After ‘gross negligence’ by the local police in-charge, the Rana family along with locals and rights activists approached the district police office, but district police chief Kedar Khanal declined to investigate the case, it is stated.
“DSP Khanal also warned them to keep silent after several lapses on the part of the police surfaced along with solid evidence of murder,” Sharada Chand, a rights activist accompanying the Rana family said.
The rights activist also claimed the involvement of political pressure and money.
Meanwhile, the parliamentary committee on Women and Children on Tuesday sought clarifications from Home Minister Shakti Basnet and IGP Upendra Kanta Aryal and instructed them to reinvestigate the case and provide justice.
A CIB team has been deployed to probe the matter.
Parliamentary committee to monitor Ram Dulari's murder
Parliamentary committee on Women, Children, Senior Citizens and Social Welfare is leaving for Kanchanpur on Wednesday for an onsite inspection in connection to the murder of Ram Dulari Rana.
The committee meeting held on Monday took this decision reasoning that the local authority and police administration did not abide by the direction to bring the facts on the murder of Ram Dulari. Committee Chairwoman Ranju Kumari Jha said, "We decided to reach the spot of the murder after the locals continued complaining about the incident."
The monitoring team will have Committee Chairwoman and five parliamentarians including three lawmakers from the region.
Rana, who was reported to have love affairs with a neighbour Prakash Malla, had disappeared from home since May 31. After four days, her dead body was found.
Later, Ram Dulari's father-in-law Padam Rana filed FIR against six members of Malla's family.
But, the locals have been complaining that the police administration was not serious on investigating the murder and finding facts on it. RSS