Dagana police has detained a 24-year-old farmer of Nimtola village in Dorona for involuntary manslaughter of a 14-year-old class VI student on April 1.
Following a complaint from Nimtola Primary School principal, police and a medical team from Dagapela hospital visited the crime scene. It was the local leaders who first reported to the school principal suspecting it to be a suicide case.
The principal said that during the time of the incident, the parents of the boy were out in the field ploughing. The boy was cleaning the kitchen after lunch while his two younger siblings were playing inside their house, which is adjacent to the kitchen.
The three siblings had stayed home after lunch, having helped their parents in the field that morning.
According to the suspect’s statement to police, the boy had provoked him by accusing him of being a thief and an alcoholic. Following an argument, the suspect had held the boy by his neck and died of strangulation. He was then hung on the frame of a handloom with a piece of cloth. The boy and the suspect knew each other and are from the same village.
The boy was a son of Nimtola Primary school’s caretaker and lived about 500 meters away from the school. The crime report also states that the suspect was under the influence of alcohol when the crime was committed. “The suspect confessed to the crime.”
The body has been handed over to the family.