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CIAA nabs journo Dixit

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KATHMANDU — The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) arrested senior journalist and civil society leader Kanak Mani Dixit to probe into corruption cases against him.

A team of police deployed by the anti-corruption constitutional body on Friday arrested Dixit from Patan Dhoka in Lalitpur district. However, the CIAA has not revealed the reason behind his arrest.

Dixit, the publisher of Himal and Nepali Times magazines, is additionally the Chairman of Sajha Yatayat.

Earlier in December, the Commission had summoned Dixit to its office to inquire about sources of income. Dixit, however, had challenged the Commission’s move at the Supreme Court.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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