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3 held for thrashing former MP

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MAHOTTARI — Police has arrested three persons on the charge of their alleged involvement in the incident of beating of a former lawmaker Budhani Devi Mahato.

The UCPN (Maoist) former lawmaker Mahato was seriously whipped by unidentified persons on Monday night.

The Area Police Office, Gaushala arrested 34-year-old Nathuni Yadav, 29-year-old Naresh Yadav and 46-year-old Ram Ishwar Yadav, all residents of Laxminiya-8, for their involvement in the former lawmaker beating incident. They were held from their homes on Tuesday and have been forwarded to Jaleshwar for further action.

The accused entered Mahato’s house and beaten her black and blue using home-made weapons. Mahato, who sustained serious injuries due to the beating, is undergoing treatment at the Janakpur Zonal Hospital.

According to locals, the group comprising the three men attacked Mahato as it was unhappy with her role in settling a long-running dispute between two rival groups in the village.

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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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