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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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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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