PALPA, April 20: An eight year-old girl was raped and consequently murdered here in Tansen Municipality of the district on Tuesday. The body of Barsha, daughter of Hari Bahadur Darlami of Tansen Municipality-11, was recovered by the police from near the Siddharth Highway. The minor, who was returning home from the local Saraswati Secondary School with her younger brother at around 4.30 pm, was forcefully taken away by a man, later identified as Deepak Neupane of Prabhas. Follwoing a complaint filed by the mother of the deceased minor, a team of police deputed from Prabhas police station had carried out search and recovered the body at around 7 pm last night. A postmortem carried out by the doctors has also confirmed that the minor was raped before beiing killed. Meanwhile, Neupane has confessed to the crime. Police nabbed Neupane as he had gone to a Prabhas-based jewelry shop to sell the gold ornament belonging to the deceased minor.