Last rites of Bhagarathi performed on 17th day of murder

19 February 2021, Baitadi

The last rites of 17-year-old Bhagarathi Bhatta, who was killed after rape at Chadepani of Dogalakedar Rural Municipality-7 in the district, have been performed today — 17 days after her murder.

According to Shiva Raj Bhatta, the last rites of the deceased has been carried out at Mahakali Aryaghat of Dasharathchand-6, Sera in Baitadi on Friday.

Bhatta’s family and relatives, who were demanding with the government for fair investigation and arrest of the accused one since her murder, agreed to receive the dead body for final rites after the police arrested and made public the perpetrator Dinesh on Wednesday and the perpetrator confessed to raping and murder.

Although the perpetrator till Wednesday evening had admitted that he had killed Bhagarathi, he later confessed that Bhatta was killed after rape.

On Thursday, suspected perpetrator Dinesh had confessed crime before his father, investigation (police) officer and attorney while giving a statement after the postmortem report was released.

He confessed that he himself raped and murdered Bhagarathi Bhatta.

After Dinesh’s confession of rape and murder, Bhagarathi’s family and relatives agreed to receive the body kept at District Hospital.

Chief District Officer Mohan Raj Sharma informed that the family and relatives received the dead body of Bhatta at 10:00 am.

Bhagarathi’s uncle Shivaraj Bhatta informed that the funeral cortège began from Gothalapani from 11:00 am today.

Bhagarathi who left school for home did not reach home on February 3 but was found killed mercilessly and left denuded at a local Labalek jungle near her home the next day.

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