POKHARA: A 24-year-old man who was on the run for a week after murdering his friend in cold blood was arrested from Parche of Kaski district on Saturday evening.
The suspect has been identified as Suraj Pariyar, who hails from Thumakodanda of Kaski district.
Pariyar had fatally hit 50-year-old Buddhi Bahadur BK with stone on his head, and decamped with the valuables the latter possessed on August 30 morning.
Police had found BK’s body outside the Pokhara Stadium.
The duo, who had drank alcohol at a local bar in Buddha Chowk the previous evening, had taken refuge at a shanty near the Stadium.
BK and Pariyar had made friends with each other after their first encounter while smoking marijuana about a month ago.
Pariyar confessed the crime and told police that he killed BK because of greed.
“After boozing, I couldn’t fall asleep the whole night. He was in deep sleep. I could only see the earrings, money and mobile phone that Buddhi Bahadur’s son sent from Malaysia,” he said.
“As I hit him with a stone on his head, he woke up,” he added, “Then I hit him again to take his life.”
Pariyar fled the scene, stealing Rs 8,000, mobile phone and earrings from BK’s body.