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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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Journalists’ code of ethics on use of social networking sites stressed

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KATHMANDU- Code of ethics on the use of social networking sites for journalists has been stressed.

The speakers at a programme argued that code of ethics for journalists on use of social sites is needed as their status on social sites could raise credibility questions on the news contents.

On the occasion, FNJ Vice-Chairman Bipul Pokharel and FNJ Secretary Prakash Thapa shared that FNJ is drafting the code of conducts targeting the members of FNJ.

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Likewise, coordinator of digital media committee of FNJ and central committee member Lekhnath Neupane reasoned the need for such code of ethics to make the entire media sector more responsible and decent.

Executive Director of Centre for Media Research Centre Ujjawal Acharya, Chairman of Online Journalists’ Association Shiva Satyal and FNJ central committee member
Janmadev Jaisi also expressed their opinions at the interaction programme on ‘Use of social networking site and development of code of ethics for journalists’ organized by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and Centre for Media Research on Saturday.

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