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Bisket Jatra chariot crushes man to death

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BHAKTPUR — A man died of wounds he sustained as a Bisket Jatra chariot pounded him amid the annual festival in Bhaktapur the last night.

Laxmi Prasad Tyata (45) from Bhaktapur Municipalities succumbed to wounds during treatment at the National Trauma Center.

The nine-day festival marked through last four days of the outgoing year and first five days of the new year as per the Bikram Sambat calendar had begun on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Jatra saw at least two clashes between police and locals over route of the chariot procession.

The local administration had decided to shorten the route by skipping some junctions citing that the chariot might put the houses weakened by the strong earthquakes last year at a higher risk.

Some groups of locals, however, protested the change and resorted to stone pelting on police.

Police said eight of their personnel and some locals were injured. While some are undergoing treatment at the Bhaktapur Hospital, those with minor injuries were sent home.

Police arrested four for their alleged involvement in the violent activities.

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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold

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RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.

Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.

The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.

According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.

It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.

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