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5 killed, 20 injured in Pyuthan bus accident

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PYUTHAN — Five people died on the spot and more than 20 people are severely injured when a bus they were travelling in met an accident in Baddada, Pyuthan on early Sunday.

The ill-fated bus (Na 4 Kha 1876) heading to Swargadwari, Pyuthan from Mahendranagar met with an accident at Baddada, according to police.

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Only the death of Bir Bahadur Tharu, Bus driver from Kailali, Chaumala has been identified and police is investigating about other identifications.

Among the injured, four of them have been taken to Butwal and rest others are ongoing treatment at district hospital, Pyuthan.

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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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