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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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Journalists’ code of ethics on use of social networking sites stressed

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KATHMANDU- Code of ethics on the use of social networking sites for journalists has been stressed.

The speakers at a programme argued that code of ethics for journalists on use of social sites is needed as their status on social sites could raise credibility questions on the news contents.

On the occasion, FNJ Vice-Chairman Bipul Pokharel and FNJ Secretary Prakash Thapa shared that FNJ is drafting the code of conducts targeting the members of FNJ.

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Likewise, coordinator of digital media committee of FNJ and central committee member Lekhnath Neupane reasoned the need for such code of ethics to make the entire media sector more responsible and decent.

Executive Director of Centre for Media Research Centre Ujjawal Acharya, Chairman of Online Journalists’ Association Shiva Satyal and FNJ central committee member
Janmadev Jaisi also expressed their opinions at the interaction programme on ‘Use of social networking site and development of code of ethics for journalists’ organized by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and Centre for Media Research on Saturday.

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