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Alligator drags toddler into lake at Orlando Disney resort

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WASHINGTON — A two-year-old kid has been dragged into water by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando, authorities said.

The toddler had been playing in the shallows of the Seven Seas Lagoon with his parents and two siblings nearby, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

Demings said rescue work personnel had been actively looking for the child in the Seven Seas Lagoon for hours in a search and recovery effort but had not found him, the Orlando Sentinel daily reported.

They hoped to find him before daylight, he said. A dive team with sonar equipment was on standby — just part of a 50-person rescue team on the scene.

“We want to hope for the best in these circumstances, but based upon my 35 years of law enforcement experience, we know we have some challenges ahead,” Demings said.

“We’re doing our best to deal with all the situations that we have going on here, but our staff is very resilient and tonight they’re very focused on assisting this family,” he said.

A Disney spokeswoman said: “Everyone here at Walt Disney World is devastated by this tragic accident.”

The father entered the water and tried to grab the child from the alligator, but was not successful. He had scratches on his hands after the ordeal.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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