Dang police release assault-accused Minister Bimala Kumari Khatri under govt’s pressure

Dang, June 14

The police in Dang of the Lumbini province on late Tuesday evening released the province’s State Health Minister Bimala Kumari Khatri Wali whom they had arrested in the early morning.

Khatri was taken under police control after she was found to have beaten Maoist leader Ekraj Basnet’s wife and daughter near a vegetable market in Tulsipur on Tuesday morning.

But, the police sent her to Butwal on Tuesday night under the pressure from the provincial government.

“We cannot keep sitting minister in this way as the Provincial Assembly meeting is ongoing,” the District Police Office chief Suresh Kaphle says, “We need to follow a set procedure for that. Hence, we have released her for now.”

Kaphle, however, states the police are critically looking into the complaint they received against Bimala Kumari Khatri.

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