Maoist leader Bal Krishna Dhungel arrested


The police have arrested Maoist leader Balkrishna Dhungel convicted of a murder from Patan on Tuesday.

Dhungel, who was moving freely, despite the Supreme Court (SC) slapping a life sentence on him on a murder case was nabbed by a team of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police. The police will hand over Dhungel to the SC.

Dinesh Tripathi had lodged a contempt of court against Nepal Police IGP Prakash Aryal for not implementing the court’s order. “He has been arrested to implement the court’s decision,” police sources said.

Dhungel was charged of murdering Ujjan Kumar Shrestha in Tarkerabari-7, Okhaldhunga on June 24, 1998, during the Maoist insurgency due to personal animosity.

Okhaldhunga District Court had sentenced Dhungel to life imprisonment along with confiscation of all property for the murder of Shrestha on May 10, 2004. The Appellate Court Rajbiraj overruled the verdict and acquitted Dhungel on June 25, 2006. But the SC upheld the district court verdict on January 3, 2010.

Dhungel had become Constituent Assembly member from Okhaldhunga-2 on Maoist ticket by the time the SC upheld the district court verdict, and the Apex Court’s verdict was not implemented.

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