Dhangadhi: Bibek Bista, a three-and-a-half-year-old son of Dilip Bista of Manuwa Road, Tikapur Municipality-1, Block No. 8, Kailali, went to eat berries with his 15-year-old elder cousin.
But only the cousin returned home, Bibek's father lodged a search warrant at the Area Police Office, Tikapur. When she returned home, she told her family that there were no berries on the tree therefore, she had sent Bibek back home and went to a friend's house.
After the boy was reported missing, a dog was used by the Far-Western Provincial Police Office for the investigation and a team of experts was mobilized. Far-Western State Police Chief DIG Purushottam Kandel also reached the spot during the investigation.
Chief Superintendent of Police, District Police Office, Kailali, also reached Tikapur on Monday night. During the police investigation, the water supply to the Jamara irrigation system in Chisapani was also closed due to the anticipated possibility of the child falling into the Jamara irrigation system.
The body of Bibek was found in the Ghoyali Forest of Tikapur Municipality-4, about 5 km away from the place where the boy went missing at 5:30 pm on July 7. According to the District Police Office, Kailali, the information given by the child's cousin during the investigation was false therefore, she became a suspect.
A statement issued by the District Police Office, Kailali said, "During the course of her activity, it was revealed that she had allowed her friend, a resident of Ward No. 1, Block No. 5, Kailali Tikapur Municipality, to keep two silver anklet on the day of the incident."
According to the Superintendent of Police, District Police Office, Kailali, the investigation has revealed that the girl had planned the murder due to family resentment. According to the District Police Office, the girl confessed to the police that Bibek was killed by pushing him to Jamara irrigation system after removing his silver anklet from his legs. Police have also arrested the girl's 14-year-old friend who had Bibek's anklet.