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2 kidnappers killed in police encounter

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KATHMANDU — Two persons, involved in the kidnapping of an 11-year-old boy from Kandaghari, Kathmandu on Sunday evening, have been killed in police encounter on Monday afternoon.

Police identified the deceased as Ajay Tamang (24) of Nuwakot and Gopal Tamang (23) of Sindhupalchok.

Acting on a tip-off that the kidnappers — Ajay and Gopal — had fled to Suryabinayak after murdering the child, police initiated a massive manhunt. The Tamang duo opened fire at the police and were killed in an encounter,according to SSP Dhiraj Pratap Singh of the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD).

The duo have abducted Nishan Khadka,11, of Kandaghari in Kageshwari Manohara Municipality of Kathmandu district on Sunday. The abductors had demanded Rs 4 million from Nishan’s parents as ransom for his release, according to the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Range.

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A joint team from the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and MPCD intensified a search operation soon after Nishan was abducted from near his rented room.

A team from MPCD was deputed after they got information that the kidnappers were hiding in the area near the Doleshwor Jungle.

Police said that two rounds of bullets and a mobile phone used to call Khadka’s parents to demand ransom have been recovered from their possession.

Abducted Nishan was found dead at the under construction house of Shyam Raut in Bhaktapur at around 12:30 pm Monday. Nishan, a permanent resident of Melamchi, Sindhupalchok, used to live with his mother. His father is in Malaysia for employment.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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