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Afghan Prez Ghani expresses grief over death of Nepalis

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KATHMANDU — President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Tuesday expressed his grief over the demise of innocent Nepalis who were killed in Monday’s suicide attack in Kabul.

President Ghani also wished fast recovery of those injured in the attack said they were given priority in treatment while talking with President Bidhya Devi Bhandari over telephone on Tuesday evening, according to a statement issued by assistant Spokesperson at the Office of the President Dhruba Raj Acharya.

Acharya stated that President Bhandari thanked President Ghani for his concern and said she believed the Afghan government would arrange for the security of Nepalis living there.

President Bhandari also said Nepal condemns all forms of terrorist acts and is with Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism.

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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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