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Alleged mastermind behind the 88 kg gold smuggling case, arrested

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KATHMANDU — Police have arrested an alleged mastermind behind the 88 kg gold smuggling case from Swayambhu of the Capital.

The arrestee has been identified as Man Bahadur Tamang of Rasuwa. A police team deployed from Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) has arrested him on Monday.

Tamang, the Chairman of Nepal-Kerung Business Association, is in the name list from Nepali Congress under proportional representation for upcoming elections to the House of Representatives.

On September 4, a police team deputed from the MPCD had confiscated 88kg gold worth over Rs 340 million from Chhetrapati in the Capital. Police had arrested Manoj Adhikari of Makawanpur, driver of a Tata Storme jeep which was ferrying the gold, the same day.

Police claimed that Chinese smugglers, who are on the large, used to smuggle precious yellow metal to Kathmandu with the help of Tamang.

Then on September 6, police had apprehended two drivers — Dilip Khadka and Dampa Tamang — for their alleged involvement in assisting to smuggle the gold. Khadka was rounded up from Rasuwa and Tamang from Syaphrubesi.

Later, police arrested Subha Ratna Shakya, Nanda Kumar Margala,Satya Narayan Agrawal, Ganeshdutta Badu and Dinkar Salukhe from Kathmandu in connection with the same case.

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Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.

During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.

A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.

On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.

Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.

Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.

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