DHANGADHI: A day after the murder of Bir Bahadur Bista Nepali (22) at Suwakhan of Jogbudha VDC in Dadeldhura yesterday, local people have suspected that a feeling soldier of the Kanchanpur-based Arjuni Barracks, Dipak Shahi, might have committed the crime.

According to eyewitnesses, one person in Nepali Army fatigue had shot Bir Bahadur Bista Nepali of Jogbudha-9 in a forest where he had gone with his wife Liladevi to collect firewood. NA had airlifted Liladevi, who was critically injured in the firing, to the Dhangadi-based Seti Zonal Hospital for treatment.

“A person in army fatigue had opened fire on Bir Bahadur,” Jaya Bahadur, Liladevi’s brother, said quoting Liladevi.

Soldier Shahi had fled the barracks with a rifle and 140 rounds of bullets on Wednesday. Major General Kumar Budhathoki of the NA’s Far-Western Headquarters confirmed that Dipak had fled, but his involvement in the crime could not be confirmed.

Meanwhile, an NA team visited Jogbudha today. According to Jaya Bahadur, Shahi had gathered the villagers and threatened to kill 15 more people in Jogbudha if they reported the incident to the police.

Liladevi and Bir Bahadur had married 18 days ago.

DADELDHURA: Normal life in Dadeldhura was hit hard today after the UCPN-Maoist enforced transportation bandh for an indefinite period demanding release of their cadres. Police have detained six Maoist activists, including district committee member Jayasingh Sarki, on charge of attacking three Nepali Congress cadres. Vehicular movement in seven districts of the Far-Western Region came to a grinding halt due to the bandh. Manju Bam, a UCPN-Maoist leader, said the party would not let any vehicle ply the road except the vehicles belonging to the media, hospitals and the United Nations.