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Charred body of woman found in Kanchanpur

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — A woman’s charred body was found in a field at Purnabas Municipality–14 of Kanchanpur by police on Saturday.

The woman identified as Basmati Rana, 22, was found at a field close to her home, Area Police Office, Tribhuvanbasti said.

In a statement made to the police, Basmati’s husband, Raj Kumar Rana, has claimed that he had burned the body of his wife at the field after she committed suicide by consuming poison.

The police have launched an investigation after taking the husband into custody in suspicion of a foul play.

“Raj Kumar was taken into custody on Saturday to launch an investigation into the incident,” said Inspector, Pratik Bista, at the Area Police Office.

The woman’s body has been sent to Seti Zonal Hospital in Dhangadhi for a post-mortem examination.

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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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