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Briton detained for joining in Singha Darbar picketing

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KATHMANDU — Police on Monday detained a British traveler on the charge of illegally partaking in the sit-in launched by the Sanghiya Gathabandhan (Federal Alliance) while picketing Singha Durbar.

The detainee has been identified as Martin Benjamin Travers, a man in his mid-forties, holding passport number 512793532. He, however, had not carried his passport when he was taken in police custody.

Travers had landed in Nepal on March 9 this year on a three-month tourist visa.

Kathmandu’s chief district officer (CDO) Ram Krishna Subedi said that the activities of the British tourist were against Nepal’s constitution and against the immigration laws.

Nepal’s immigration law does not allow foreigners from taking part in the country’s domestic politics.

During preliminary investigation, Travers has reportedly claimed that he participated in the protest program without any political motives.

Some foreigners were seen taking part in the protests against the new constitution and incumbent government yesterday as well as today.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has informed that it is also investigating on other tourists participating in the protest programs with the support of visuals and still photos recorded by the security forces.

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2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house

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DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.

The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.

It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.

Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.

Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.

Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.

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