police have collected blood sample from Panta’s mother Durga Devi Panta of Bhimdatta Municipality, Kanchanpur, With suspicion surrounding the vaginal swab of Nirmala Pant. Agitators, Panta’s relatives and parents have expressed doubt over Nirmala’s vaginal swab after DNA reports of many suspected people did not match with the DNA profile of Panta’s vaginal swab.
Based on the demand made by family members and agitators, police today collected blood samples of Nirmala’s mother. But, Nirmala’s father Yagyaraj Panta declined to give blood sample. Her mother Durga Devi said that she had given blood sample to confirm Nirmala’s DNA. She had agreed to give blood sample after she was told that Nirmala’s swab was sent for test. After Durga Devi registered a written application with Kanchanpur District Police Office, police collected Durga Devi’s blood sample from the laboratory in Mahakali Zonal Hospital. “My husband Yagyaraj, however, refused to give blood sample. I do not know whether he refused to give blood due to fear or at somebody’s goading,” Durga Devi stated.
Komal Niranjan Bhatt