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6 girls rescued from Nepal-India border in Kapilvastu

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KAPILVASTU — Six girls have been rescued from Marjadpur border point in Yashodhara Rural Municipality of Kapilvastu district on Sunday.

Police rescued the girls while they were en route to other countries via India after a middleman lured them with hopes of better employment opportunities.

Officials of the Armed Border Security Force said that the girls were rescued based on a tip-off. Inspector of the Nepal Armed Police Force Amrit Dulal said the girls — two from Kapilvastu and four from other districts — were interrogated and were rescued later on.

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Likewise, middleman Ganesh Khatri has been handed over to the Police Post in Marjadpur, Kapilvastu. Local residents are of the view that trafficking of girls is taking place from this border point for lack of social organisations to work against this issue in the area.

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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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