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Congress begins consultations to amend party PP statute

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KATHMANDU — Nepali Congress (NC) on Monday began consultations to change its Parliamentary Party statute.

NC is preparing to hold elections for the post of its PP leader as the position has been lying vacant following the demise of former NC President Sushil Koirala.

The election to the post of PP leader is scheduled for April 6 and the election to NC PP committee will take place on April 8.

It has been learned that NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba and senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel are vying for the post of PP leader.

Meanwhile, the NC leaders at the meeting of the Parliamentary Party Committee today said that the proposal to amend the statute will be sent to the party’s Central Working Committee meeting, scheduled to be held today itself, for approval.

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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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