When the going gets tough: FIR filed against Rabi Lamichhane

Salikram Pudasaini suicide

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: Deceased Salikram Pudasaini’s wife has filed FIR against Rami Lamichhane, Yuvraj Kandel and Asmita Karki at the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu.

Samjhana Ghimire registered an FIR against Lamichhane, Kandel and Karki at Chitwan Police through Metropolitan Police Range on Sunday afternoon on the charge of abetment to suicide, said DSP Homindra Bogati.

Media personality Rabi Lamichhane was arrested from the Kathmandu based News24 office on Thursday evening and taken to Chitwan.

This action was initiated after a video created a stir on social media showing a disheveled and ululating Pudasaini  in his final video. The trio which includes media personnel Rabi Lamichhane was blamed for Pudasaini’s condition and out of sheer despair took his own life.

According to police, it has been confirmed that the video was recorded by Pudasaini solely leaving behind speculations and social media rumors that it may have been doctored involving a third person.

The trio was produced before the Chitwan District Court on Friday and their custody was extended for a period of five days for further investigation.

A Mountain Television journalist, Pudasaini was found hanging by a ceiling fan in a room of Hotel Kangaroo in Narayangadh, Chitwan under mysterious circumstances on August 5.

According to the Criminal Code of Nepal, if anyone is convicted for abetment of suicide, an individual may face a jail sentence up to five years and a  fine of Rs 50,000.