KATHMANDU, Aug 31: A woman has been murdered in Laxmipur, Musaritol of Gadhimai Municipality-3 in Rautahat. The dead body of 35-year-old Mintradevi Baitha was found in a field some 400 meters away from her house on Sunday evening.
According to the police, she was killed on Sunday evening just a few minutes before they received the information of the murder at around 6:15 p.m. "The woman was found strangled with a sari when we first saw her dead body in the sight," said SP Raviraj Khadka of District Police Office, Rautahat.
Baitha belonged to a simple family. Her husband works in a landfill area in Kathmandu. She had left her house in the evening in order to collect grass from the field to feed her livestock. Villagers, who saw her body, had quickly informed the police. "There are bruises all over her body," said SP Khadka, who is also the chief at the office.
Police also spotted littered leaves and demolished sugarcane plants at the site. This has led to a suspicion that Baitha might have been killed after being raped, "But there is no evidence yet to prove that. We have to go through her autopsy report before making any such conclusion," said Khadka.
According to Khadka, Baitha's body has been brought to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu for postmortem. No one has been arrested in connection with the murder yet as police investigations are still underway.
People in Rautahat are in the state of panic as this is the second murder in less than two weeks in the district. A few weeks ago, a priest from Madhavnarayan Municipality-2 in Rautahat was shot to death. The 62-year-old Shri Ram Sah, a priest of Hanuman Temple in Khesarhiya, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at the temple premise on August 19. Police is yet to identify and arrest the criminals behind Sah's murder.