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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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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

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Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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