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15-year-old drowns in Koshi River

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SAPTARI- A boy drowned in the Koshi River while taking a bath today at Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality-5 in Saptari.

Abinash Yadav, 15, the son of Jayanand Yadav, of Bhokraha-3, Sunsari who had been at his maternal uncle’s home to celebrate the Dashain died in the incident.

The incident site lies in a distance of half an hour walk from his maternal uncle’s home at Dalawa of Hanumannagar Kankalini Municipality-14.

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Though his cousin and aunt were together with him at the time of tragedy, their attempts to save him became unsuccessful, the family members said.

Following the tragedy, the child’s maternal aunt Pinki Yadav and grandmother Dhaneshwori fainted and are being treated at the Rajbiraj-based Gajendra Narayan Singh Zonal Hospital in an unconscious condition.

Meanwhile, the body of a woman around 65 years of age was found stuck between the entrance number 51 and 52 of the Koshi barrage, the area police office, Kanchanrup said. The body is yet to be identified and it has been kept at the Zonal Hospital.

 

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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