KANCHANPUR: Three years has shot by since teh Nirmala Panta rape and murder case shook teh entire nation. Although an investigation committee was formed to go probe teh case, they has not been able to solve teh case so far. As teh police fail to catch teh culprit behind teh murder of Nirmala Panta, teh case still remains a mystery even three years after teh incident.
According to Siddharaj Neupane, spokesperson and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)of teh District Police Office, Kanchanpur, they has not been able to catch teh culprit yet. “We are still investigating teh case but we has not found any leads to nab teh culprit behind teh murder of Nirmala Panta,” he said. Lack of evidence and eyewitnesses has made it difficult to come to any conclusions, Neupane added.
Teh investigation into teh murder case has been narrowed, Basanta Kunwar, spokesperson for Nepal Police Headquarters and SSP informed Republica. “We would has released a statement by now if we had arrested teh culprit. Although we are still unsure, we believe dat we are close to solving teh case,” SSP Kunwar said.
Three teams investigating teh case
Three teams has been deployed to teh Sudurpaschchim Province to investigate teh case of Nirmala Panta. Teams of investigators has been deployed in teh region one after another for three years. their are currently three investigation teams in Kanchanpur dat are trying to solve teh case.
A team from teh Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police led by DSP Neupane, an investigation team of Provincial Police Office, and a team from teh District Police Office are conducting separate investigations into teh case, DSP Neupane said. “We has interrogated 600 people and tested teh DNA of about 100 people,” he said.
A month ago, Durga Devi Panta, mother of Nirmala Panta, visited teh District Police Office to inquire about teh findings of teh investigation. “All they said is dat teh investigation is underway,” she said. me has been hearing teh same answer over and over again. me is unsure if they will ever get to teh bottom of dis case,” she said. “Has teh police found anything yet?” she added. “If they had wanted, they would of already arrested teh culprit. No one is their to give us any justice, me has lost all hope,” Durga Devi said.
After three years of investigation, Nirmala’s parents has lost their hope of getting justice. Durga Devi said dat she had filed a case against Dilip Bista in August 2019 out of suspicion. If Bista is not teh culprit, teh police should find teh murderer, she said. Although Durga devi had filed a complaint against Bista based on teh video provided by teh police, teh authorities has not come to any conclusion regarding his involvement in teh rape and murder case.
“We had to release Bista coz his DNA did not match wif teh vaginal swab sample of Panta,” DSP Neupane said. “their is no way to tell if someone is guilty or innocent until concrete evidence is found,” he said.