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Eastern Nepal family massacre: In murder of nine relatives, son-in-law becomes the main suspect

KATHMANDU: Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police on Tuesday was tasked to investigate into the murder of nine people of two families at Miklangjung Rural Municipality-3 in Panchthar district, Eastern Nepal.
A team led by Superintendent of Police (SP) Uma Prasad Chaturbedi was tasked to investigate into the killing of nine members of the two families on Monday night.
“As per the instruction of the Nepal Police Headquarters, we have dispatched our special investigation team from Kathmandu for carrying out an investigation into the incident,” Superintendent of Police (SP) and spokesperson at CIB Sudip Giri said.
According to a preliminary police investigation, an unidentified masked man had killed nine family members of Bam Bahadur Fiyak and Dhana Raj Sherma on Monday night.
Immediately after the incident, the District Police Office, Panchathar had sent its police team to the incident site for investigation. Sherma and Fiyak were relatives.
Meanwhile, Federal Police Office, Dharan of State-1 had used sniffer dogs at the site under the command of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sharad Khatri, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police and spokesperson at State-1 Police Office, Biratnagar, Siddharaj Neupane.
Police said that 12-year old Sita Khujum Limbu, however, was able to flee during when the murder had taken place. The child was also injured in the attack, according to the police.
The incident site lies some 65 kilometres south from the district headquarters Phidim, according to the police.
Five members of Dhana Raj Sherma and four members of Bam Bahadur Fiyak were killed in the barbaric weapon attack.
The deceased have been identified as Dhana Raj Sherma, 41, Iksha Sherma, 6, Yobana Sherma, 13, Muna Sherma, 8, and 12-years Ashika Khujum Limbu. Similarly, Bam Bahadur Fiyak, 74, his wife, and Jasmita Fiyak, 36, and 26-year old Manakumari Fiyak, were killed.
Meanwhile, Man Bahadur Makhim, son in-law of Fiyak family, killed himself by hanging Tuesday morning. Man Bahadur’s body was found hanging by a tree at Shiva Miklajung Rural Municipality-8 of the district.
DSP and in-charge of Panchthar District Police Office, Narendra Kunwar, said that the relationship of Man Bahadur with Fiyak family was not good.
Kunwar said that the police had prepared a preliminary police report based on the statement of injured 12-year old Sita Khujum Limbu, who was the eyewitness of the incident.

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