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All 20 stranded climbers airlifted to Fu village from Sorebung

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POKHARA — All 20 stranded climbers, including two German nationals, were rescued from Saribung Peak and brought to Fu village this evening.

Total of 20 people — two foreigners and 18 Nepalis — had been stranded at Sorebung due to bad weather. It lies at the altitude of 5,900 meters, said Chief District Officer of Manang District,Bhimkanta Sharma.

Following a strong snowstorm, the climbers were stuck on the 6346-metre mountain in Mustang district, bordering Tibet.

Two among the 20 climbers have been identified as German nationals Tobias Groenen, 48 and his wife Gutrun Ingritzi Ermann, 44.

Likewise, one guide, one mountaineering Sherpa and 16 porters are among the 18-member Nepali team, according to Sharma.

The climbers, who had started trekking from Damodarkunda of Manang district, got trapped at Sorebung due to snow storm before they reached Fu village.

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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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