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Baidya led Maoist to protest against decision to hike power tariff

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KATHMANDU — The CPN Revolutionary Maoist led by Mohan Baidya has protested the decision taken by the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) to hike power tariff by 22 percent from July 16.

In a statement issued by CPN Revolutionary Maoist Spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma on Sunday, the party has pressed the NEA to retract its decision.

CPN Revolutionary Maoist has warned for stringent nationwide strike if the government does not backtrack on its decision to hike electricity tariff.

The NEA announced its decision to hike electricity tariff by 11.25 and 22.15 per cent citing its ballooning losses and service fare.

The party has claimed the strategy to import power on exorbitant prices from foreign companies, private electricity companies vested interests and intention on part of concerned government officials to draw commissions as the underlining factors at play behind the decision to hike electricity tariff.


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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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