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3 held for raping teenage girl in Saptari

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SAPTARI — Police on Thursday have arrested three persons for their alleged involvement in raping a 15-year-old girl in Saptari on Wednesday.

The suspects have been identified as Baldev Sardar (35) of Kanchanrup Municipality-5, Ashok Sah (23) and Shiva Ram Sardar (18) of Portaha-9.

Sardar on Wednesday lured the girl under the pretext of giving her Rs 500 and took her to a bush 100 meters south of the municipality then raped her, the investigation report said.

The incident occurred while the victim was returning home from a local grocery shop, according to police.

Immediately after the incident, inebriated Ashok and Shiva, who came on a motorcycle, took the girl to the Koshi Barrage in Bharadaha-1 and rape her taking turns, said Inspector Gaurav Mahat.

The victim has been taken to the Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences for treatment.

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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.

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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