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2 missing in Sunkoshi River

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BANEPA — Two boys went missing in the Sunkoshi River of Kavrepalanchowk on Monday.

According to Superintendant of Police, Rabiraj Khadka, at Kavre District Police Office, the missing have been identified as Pradeep Pahari, 14, and Ashish Pahari, 18, of Chaurideurali rural municipality-8.

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The two Pahari boys went missing from Mahadevsthan while swimming in the river. They had reached the river bank in the funeral procession of Sunil Pahari, a local villager.

A team headed by Police Inspector Kanchan Rajhal at Area Police Office, Kartikedeurali has been mobilized to search for the missing boys.

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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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