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Agitation not necessary: DPM Thapa

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DANG — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal Thapa has said that agitation may not be an option as had been practiced before for heralding a change of governing system.

Speaking at a press conference held by Reporters’ Club Nepal, Dang Chapter in Ghorahi, DPM Thapa said: “We have established our values through the constitution, now we don’t have to head to the jungle with a gun to press for our demand nor do we have to impose blockade by sitting at the border”.

Stating that none of the provisions in the constitution remained unchangeable, DPM Thapa claimed that his party – Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Nepal – would also press for establishing its belief through the medium of the constitution.

He was of the opinion that the royal institution and Hinduism as Nepal’s state religion would be revived in the constitution if people believed in it.

On a different note, DPM Thapa ruled out the need to seek an alternative to the current government which is only six months old.

He spoke of many workloads remaining in the constitution’s implementation phase and termed the rumours of changing the government as a ‘game’ to weaken the government and the new constitution.


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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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