Abducted 8-yr-old boy found murdered, man arrested

Published On: November 30, 2018 06:27 AM NPT By: SHUVAM DHUNGANA

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: Prayas Kunwar, an eight-year-old, who was had gone missing since Tuesday evening from Gongabu in Kathmandu was found murdered at nearby Mhypi on Thursday afternoon. 

Police have arrested Mahendra Sarki, a driver at the guesthouse operated by the deceased child’s father Praveen Kunwar, on the charge of the murder. Sarki worked at Swastika Triveni Guesthouse in Gongabu. He has confessed to abducting and killing the child, according to police.

Police said Sarki, who hails from Syangja, had started working at the guesthouse a month ago. Sarki, according to the police, was apathetic toward the work and Kunwar would frequently threaten to sack him. Sarki during interrogation by police said that he was angered by the threats and to take revenge on Kunwar he abducted Kunwar’s son when the parents were away for a medical checkup, according to Senior Superintendent of Police Dhiraj Pratap Singh. “He [owner] would frequently scold me and threaten to sack me from the job. So to take revenge, I lured the boy with a chocolate to come with me,” SSP Singh quoted Sarki. 

When the boy’s parents returned to the guesthouse, they could not find the boy. They suspected Sarki’s involvement and filed a complaint with the police. Police arrested Sarki on Wednesday and as per the information provided by him, the boy’s body was found dumped in a bag under the Bishnumati bridge at Mhypi.

Prayas was the only son of the Kunwar couple. He was a first-grader at Wellment International School of Gangabu.

Kunwar family had migrated to Kathmandu from Parbat district.

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