JHAPA, April 5: Yadav Paudel had gone to the bus park to see off his wife Sunam and their kids, who were going to his parental home in Sountha, Sijuwa of Morang district, Tuesday. That turned out to be their final farewell as Yadav was found brutally murdered early Wednesday morning.
“He called me on my cell phone at eight in the evening but we could not talk due to poor network coverage in the rain and he cut off the line,” Sunam says, struggling to hold back tears. She had promised to call him back in the morning, but that was not to be.
The Hindu rituals for the death anniversary of Yadav´s father Ranga Lal were scheduled Saturday and she had gone back to the village with their son Sritij and daughter Bitisa, who had recently given their final examinations, to prepare for the ceremony.
Sunam has been inconsolable after hearing about her husband´s murder. “Those who are jealous of him earning a living must have killed him. They could have asked him to quit his job instead,” she said even as her sisters Maya and Prem Kumari struggled to console her.
Yadav himself had planned to join his family Friday in Sauntha, where his aging mother Krishna Kumari lives alone. “Oh God! How will I survive now?” said Krishna Kumari, who was semi-consciousness following the death of her only son.
Yadav had to quit his college studies early, after completing the intermediate level from Mahendra Morang Campus in Biratnagar, in order to support his family. He ran a readymade clothing store in his village for around two years after the death of his father a decade ago.
Yadav migrated to Birtamode in search of something more and initially worked as a clerk at the Department of Transport Management. He started in journalism a decade ago. He had chosen Birtamode as his ancestral home was in Biratpokhar nearby, his friend Mahesh Gautam said
He was close to the CPN-UML during his school days and shifted his allegiance to the Nepali Congress while at college. He was interested in music and would always join local cultural programs while back at the village, local resident Prakash Paudel reminisces. “He would not wish anyone any ill,” Paudel added.