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3 killed, 9 injured in Chitwan microbus-truck collision

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CHITWAN — At least three persons died on the spot and nine others sustained injuries after a microbus collided with a truck along the Prithvi Highway in Ichchha Kamana Rural municipality-3 of Chitwan district on Friday morning.

The microbus, Ga 1 Kha 7392 was en route to Kathmandu from Pokhara when it collided with the truck, Na 6 Kha 4064, coming from Kathmandu to Mugling, according to Chitwan District Police Office.

The truck fell about 50 metres below the road in the collision impact, police informed.

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All the deceased were the microbus passengers, police said. Police informed that all the injured including the truck driver, have been rescued by the security personnel deployed from Muglin Police Post.

The injured are being rushed to the Bharatpur Hospital.

Police have also kept the truck’s driver in custody for further investigation.

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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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