Seven months after the January 18 shooting in Dhapaheight of Dhapakhel, the Metropolitan Police Range, Lalitpur recovered two loaded automatic pistols used in the incident from Lakuri Bhanjyang, Lamatar-9 today.
According to SSP Pushpa Chandra Ranjit, MPR in-charge, the USA-made 7.65 mm and 9 mm pistols wrapped with cloth and kept in a plastic case were found to have buried around five feet deep on the premises of the house of one Chhiring Lama (25), of Lamatar. Lama is one of the 12 suspects behind the shooting.
Lalitpur district leader of Nepali Congress Min Krishna Maharjan and his friend Milan Silwal were injured when the armed gang opened fire at them.
Police have already arrested five persons, including Chhiring, for their alleged involvement in the shooting. They have already been remanded to judicial custody by the Lalitpur District Court.
The recovery of weapons comes close on the heels of the June 25 arrest of notorious gangster Sujan Paudel aka Ramesh Bahun (32) from Kalanki of Kathmandu. Based on the tip-offs provided by Bahun and Chhiring, police carried a search at the latter’s house. Police have also recovered five rounds of bullets and two bullet shells along with the pistols.
Seven others allegedly involved in the shooting are still at large.