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Absconding gangster Manange arrested

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KATHMANDU — Police hace arrested absconding gangster and murder convict Rajiv Gurung aka Dipak Manange from the Swayambhu area in the capital on Thursday.

A police team deployed from the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, have rounded up Manange, who was elected as an independent candidate to a provincial assembly seat from Manang district.

Manange was found in hiding at Swayambhu, Teendhara area at about 7 pm, Thursday, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohan Kumar Thapa.

Manange was arrested as per the verdict of the then Appellate Court Patan, which had slapped a five-year jail term on him for involvement in ripping apart the right hand of another gangster, Chakre Milan, some 13 years ago,according to Metropolitan Police Range Office Kathmandu.

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Earlier in January, the Supreme Court (SC) had convicted Manange in an attempted murder case and sentenced him to five years in prison. He had several run-ins with the law on numerous criminal charges in the past.

A case of attempted murder was filed against Gurung at Kathmandu District Court shortly after the incident. The Supreme Court recently upheld the verdict issued by the then appellate court.

Manange was elected a member of Province 4 provincial assembly from Manang in the recent elections as an independent candidate.

Earlier, police had issued a red corner notice against Manange through the Interpol office at Nepal Police Headquarters. Police mobilized a special team to arrest him whether within or outside the country.

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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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