UDAYAPUR, Nov 13: The body of 13 year old Algina Khadka has been sent to BP Koirala Health Sciences Academy, Dharan for postmortem. While family members and locals have claimed that Algina was raped and murdered, police are awaiting post mortem report which is set to arrive by today evening.
Police have sent the dead body to Dharan to avoid any differences in the quest for justice. "We've sent the body to Dharan to find what actually happened," SP Chandra Dev Rai, chief of district police office said. He added that the body was accompanied by DSP Arjun Ranabhat and medical officer Bijaya Mehta, the latter who was in the crime scene.
Rai said that they had referred the body to Dharan after 'unsatisfactory postmortem report' in few cases two months ago. "This is a very sensitive case and we want utmost precision. Hence, we've sent it to Dharan," Rai said.
He said that they had difficulties to investigate the dead body of Wakil Miya after the district's hospital cited "undetermined" in its postmortem report. "We don't want this to be repeated," he said.
Algina's half-naked body was found on Sunday afternoon near a jungle by one of her friends who had gone to search her. A day before, the 13 year old had gone to graze goats. At the scene of crime, witnesses said that they had found napkins stuffed into her mouth, torn kurta surwal and bruises by nails on her neck. With the brutal murder, family members and locals have claimed that she was raped and eventually murdered.
Immediately after the incident, the district police office deployed DSP Ranabhat and trained dogs to the crime scene. The police said that they'd confirm whether Algina was raped and murdered only after post mortem reports would arrive by today evening.
Six suspects arrested
In the meantime, police have kept six youths in custody in suspicion of their involvement in the murder. Police have protected identity of those in custody.
"We've kept them in custody for their help in the case. They could be innocent as well. Hence, we've protected their names," Rai said.