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Around 1,000 detained for anti-election activities

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Police have detained around 1,000 persons for their attempt to spoil the election atmosphere.

So far a total of 957 people have been arrested from different parts of the country on charge of attacking political leaders, candidates and cadres.

Of them, 600 were associated with Biplav-led Maoist, 13 reportedly with CK Raut group and remaining 344 belonged to some other political parties.

Spokesperson for the Nepal Police Manoj Neupane said, “Police are committed to ensuring the security for candidates and voters so as to make the elections successful.”

“The Nepal Police has deputed booth security squads, mobile teams and security in plain clothes for the purpose of election security,” he added.

Around 90 per cent of its human resource has been mobilised for assuring security during election across the country. Those assigned for the first phase of elections have been sent to the districts where the second phase of elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies is taking place tomorrow, December 7.

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Meanwhile, 11 people including three Indian nationals have been arrested by the police in Saptari for their involvement in anti-elections activities. Of the eleven, six have been identified as Biplav-led Maoist cadres.

According to Saptari’s Superintendent of Police, Mukesh Kumar Singh, police also confiscated firearms from them.

Security in the district has been beefed up in view of the second phase of provincial and parliamentary elections with the adaptation of additional security measures.

The Nepal-India border points here have been sealed from today for the next 36 hours. District level security officials from both countries held a meeting earlier to discuss security measures to be taken for the twin polls.

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Tiger kills translocated Arna in CNP

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CHITWAN — A tiger has killed one of the Arnas (wild water buffaloes) — which recently trans-located from Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reserve (KTWR) — in Padampur region of the Chitwan National Park (CNP), on Tuesday.

A monitoring team at the CNP found that an adult female Arna was killed in its enclosure after an attack by the tiger yesterday, as per CNP Chief Protection Officer Ramchandra Kandel.

Pathak said, the preliminary investigation shows that the tiger had entered the enclosure through the point which was repaired in the aftermath of the destruction caused by the monsoon floods. He added that the big cat had used the same opening to get out of the enclosure.

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A team headed to the spot for postmortem, found the half-devoured carcass of the water buffalo at the distance of 60 metres into a bush. The team also traced tiger in the vicinity which was later chased away.

A herd of 12 water buffaloes were translocated to the CNP from the KTWR. Two female buffalos had died in the aftermath of flood disaster on September 2 and 10. Now, there are only nine buffaloes left in the CNP.

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