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One day after Deputy Superintendent of Police Kanchan Thapa reportedly shot himself dead with his service pistol at a house in Srijantole of Basundhara, police have arrested seven persons to establish why he took the extreme step.

DSP Deepak Thapa said Khop Kumari Adhikari alias Shweta (25) and her elder sister Subhadra Adhikari (34) of Rasuwa, Phurba Tamang (37) of Sindhupalchowk, Kanchha Tamang (30) of Nuwakot, and Rabin Adhikari (44), Bimal Koirala (21) and Tirtha Kafle (43) of Kathmandu were arrested. All of them were close to DSP Kanchan.

Shweta had rented the third floor of the house where the police officer was found dead in a pool of blood. He had been living together with her for the last 15 months, while his wife and son resided at a house in Dhumbarahi.

An investigating official informed that Kanchan was under mental pressure after he sold an apartment in Orient Colony, Dhumbarahi for Rs 7.5 million and invested Rs 5 million in a business firm run by Rabin, Bimal and Tirtha. During interrogation, Shweta claimed she was married to DSP Kanchan and they were living as a couple. But she failed to produce evidence to support the claim. She was in the house when he was found dead.

“The family continued to pressurise Kanchan to get the money back from them after he invested the cash in September 2010 for a period of one year,” said an investigating official. “The trio still had seven months to return the money with a share of the profit. The death of a money lender is really mysterious. Though primary investigation suggests suicide, it is still too early to confirm.”

Police have sent the automatic pistol used to National Forensic Science Laboratory to examine the finger print. Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Office has formed a five-member probe panel led by SP Deb Bahadur Bohara to investigate the incident. The panel, which includes DSPs Kedar Dhakal, Deepak Thapa, Hridaya Thapa and Prabin Pokharel, has been given 35 days to submit its report.

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