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Woman including 7 others arrested on charge of murdering own father

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KATHMANDU — A woman of Dhamaltar-11, Tokha area of Kathmandu, has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police Crime Division on Tuesday for her alleged involvement in the homicide of her own father following a dispute over money.

A 20-year-old Sangita Maharjan Pandey masterminded the murder of her father over dowry and her love marriage with a man from a different community.

The MPCD made this surprising disclosure after the detention of Sangita Maharjan Pandey, her husband Santosh Pandey (20) of Tokha, Kathmandu and hitmen Surya Rana Mangar (19) of Makwanpur, Bikram Tamang (19) and Santosh Thapa Magar (19) of Dhading, Dhan Kumar Tamang (19) of Bhojpur and Hari Tamang (19) of Kavre.

The MPCD had jump started a hard and fast investigation after Maila Maharjan (43) of Dhamtar, Toka Municipality-11 was found dead close to the Sangle Khola with multiple injuries on February 4.

Sangita(victim’s daughter) in the help of with Santosh (her husband) planned the murder of her father and hired four hitmen with the promise of paying them one million rupees, according to preliminary investigation report prepared by the MPCD.

“After they discussed the modus operandi of the murder, Sangita called her father to Star Town Planning area in Tokha at around 6:30 pm on February 3, saying some prospective clients of his land were there. When Maila arrived there, Sangita threw sand in his eyes and Bikram, Surya, Dhan Kumar and Hari hit him with the weapons on the head, face, chest, abdomen and other parts of the body,” said SSP Sarbendra Khanal, MPCD in-charge.

The body was found the next day. It has also been found that Sangita had been making a plan to gradually kill her mother and elder brother and register all property belonging to them in her name.

Sangita’s father Maila was not in good terms with her after she married Santosh, who originally hails from Nuwakot, without her family’s consent two years back.

Sangita repeatedly asked her father for Rs 400,000 as a dowry to run a beauty parlor, but Maila turned down her request on grounds of her voluntary marriage with a person of a different community.

She has conceded to masterminding the murder of her father. Sangita, her husband and four others have been charged with murder.

Officials said she had also stolen a land registration certificate issued in the name of her mother and gave it to her husband to produce it as a guarantee seven months ago. But she returned it to her mother after the idea didn’t help her to get loan.

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World Cup: Belgium defeats Tunisia 5-2

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MOSCOW — Belgium have defeated Tunisia 5-2 to move one step closer to the next round of the World Cup on Saturday.

Two goals each from Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku eased Belgium to a 5-2 win over Tunisia at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.

Michy Batshuayi, on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea, added the fifth in the game’s dying minutes, only for Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri to claim a consolation goal in added time.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Belgium with a goal from the penalty spot before Lukaku extended the Belgium lead, Tunisia pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 before Lukaku restored the two goal cushion with a deftly chipped finish over the goalkeeper.

Second half goals from Hazard and Batshuayi finished the game as a contest before a consolation from Khazri with the last kick of the game.

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