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3 killed in Darchula landslides

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KATHMANDU — At least three people have been killed and one have gone missing in floods and landslides activated by unremitting precipitation in Darchula and Sarlahi district in the past 24 hours.

Two persons were killed at Malikarjun and Sarmoli in Darchula after landslides triggered by rains since Thursday night buried their houses and one person was swept away by floods in Lakhandehi river at Hariban municipality in Sarlahi.

The two, who were killed in Darchula, have been identified as Basanti Dhami, 25, of Malikarjun-8 and Chandradev Pant, 62, of Sarmoli-2.

Three people were injured in the landslides and they are undergoing treatment at Darchula District Hospital, according to District Police Office.

Around a dozen houses have been destroyed by the landslides in Malikarjun, Rithachaupata, Dadakot, Dattu and Hunainath VDCs in the district, said police.

Likewise, a landslide washed away two wooden bridges and a suspension bridge over Chhembu stream that connect Kintang in Nuwakot and Satyawati of Dhading.

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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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