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Businessman Bimal Poddar arrested in connection with 33 kg gold smuggling

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KATHMANDU — Businessman Bimal Poddar has been arrested for his alleged involvement in smuggling of of 33-kg gold and illegal hundi business.

The special probe committee led by Ishwor Raj Paudel, joint secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, formed to investigate the March 2 murder of Sanam Shakya and disappearance of 33-kg smuggled gold, has arrested him from Dillibazar last night, according to Home Ministry source.

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Poddar was arrested on the basis of the statement given by some persons held and charged in connection with gold smuggling, the source said.

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174 women rescued from eastern transit point

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BHADRAPUR — Maiti Nepal has rescued as many as 174 women from being trafficked from Kakadbhitta, the eastern transit point of the country, in the last six months.

These women, who were enticed by the traffickers and being taken towards India, were returned from the eastern checkpoint providing them counselling. They were handed over to their parents, Maiti Nepal’s eastern region office, Kakdbhitta stated.

Ten among the 174 women were rescued from Siligudi, Delhi, Khoribari, among other cities in India, it is stated.

Maiti Nepal, a non-governmental organisation working in rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked women, has been maintaining regular surveillance at Kakdbhitta, Pashupatinagar and Bhadrapur in the eastern border and Jogbani, the places considered as transit points for human trafficking.

Eighty six cases of women missing were registered at the Maiti Nepal’s eastern region office from January to June this year and out of these 30 women were found, Maiti Nepal’s eastern region office coordinator Govinda Ghimire said.

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During this period, Maiti Nepal registered three cases under human trafficking and two cases under domestic violence at the court.

Meanwhile, Maiti Nepal prevented 195 women from crossing the border to India at the Pashupatinagar transit point in the last six months. It rescued 18 women from traffickers. Sixty three applications of missing women were registered in Pashupatinagar and 22 of the missing women were found.

Likewise, 120 women have been stopped from Jogbani transit point in Morang district while four women have been rescued. Thirty five applications of missing women were registered and 14 have been found, Maiti Nepal stated.

Maiti Nepal has been conducting various awareness-raising programmes in partnership with Nepal Police for stopping women trafficking.

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