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8 killed in Pyuthan landslides

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PYUTHAN — Eight people including five of the same family were killed in separate incidents of landslides in Pyuthan last night.

At Rajbara-3, the landslide buried the house of Durga Bahadur Malla, killing the Malla couple and their three daughters on the spot, according to a local Jogindra Malla.

Rajbara lies in the northern part of the district.

Malla is around 45 years of age and his spouse is 40 year-old. Their daughters Sushila, 10, Lekha, 7 and one and half year-old Sirjana lost their lives along with their parents to the tragic incident.

A joint rescue team comprising Chief District Officer Janakraj Panta, Deputy Superintendent of Police Ranjat Singh Rathor and Red Cross staffs is at the site. The bodies of the victims have been recovered from the rubble.

Meanwhile, three of the same family died after a landslide hit a house at Puja-3 in the northern Pyuthan last night. The deceased have been identified as Hom Bahadur Sunar, his spouse and a granddaughter.

Similarly, seven people have been trapped amidst the flooded Jhimruk River at Baraula VDC in Pyuthan. They are the workers hired for digging out a canal at Hariyatar, said a local Gopal Thapa, and are desperately waiting for the rescue.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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