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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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