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33 kg gold smuggling case : Gore sent to judicial custody

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BIRATNGAR — The District Court, Morang has sent main accused of gold smuggling and murder, Chudamani Upreti aka Gore, after recording his statement, to judicial custody at District Prison, Morang on Sunday.

A single bench of Judge Narayan Prasad Sharma took a decision to this effect after recording Upreti’s statement for four days since Wednesday.

Gore has denied involvement in Sanam Shakya’s murder, however, admitted torturing Shakya while searching for 33-kg-gold that never reached its intended destination leading to Shakya’s murder followed by series of arrests.

Moreover, Gore in his statement to District Court Morang, has said that politicians and high level police officers also played a part in smuggling gold without revealing names of the politicians involved.

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“I had served only as an aide, working in lower rung, in the smugglers’ hierarchy,” Gore stated, “Facts behind gold smuggling will unravel after kingpins, high level police officers and big-name politicians are arrested.”

Gore, while accusing on-the-run and suspended Senior Superintendent of Police, Shyam Khatri of playing a major part,said that Khatri made arrangements with police officials including former DIG Govinda Niraula who is in judicial custody at Eastern Regional Prison, Jhumka.

Gore also said that Khatri, who used to haul the smuggled gold outside the airport in his vehicle with help from Bishnu Bahadur Khadka and Ambar Bahadur Thapa Magar, used to take Rs 50,000 per kg of gold that came out from the airport, illegally.

Prior to this, 28 other accused including SSP Dinesh Lohani were sent to judicial custody at Eastern Regional Prison, Jhumka.

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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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