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Bhattarai announces establishment of Naya Shakti Nepal

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KATHMANDU — Former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has announced establishment of the Naya Shakti Nepal (New Force Nepal) as new political party under his leadership on Sunday amid a special ceremony held at Dashrath Stadium in Kathmandu.

Bhattarai also announced that the party would play an effective role as an alternative political force in presence of thousands of cadres.

Earlier, the party took out rallies from the different locations of the capital before the ceremony and apologized for inconveniences caused by it to the public.

Bhattarai also administered the oath to members of the party immediately after announcement of the establishment.

The party has said that over 100,000 of its members are taking en-masse oath as founding members in the ceremony today under the theme of ‘Economic Development, outlet for present Crisis.

On September 26 last year, Bhattarai had announced that he had severed ties with the then UCPN-Maoist claiming old political forces could not transform the nation into a prosperous one.

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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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