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Congress objects to Dhungel’s release

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KATHMANDU — Main opposition Nepali Congress has drawn the attention of the government over it’s decision of award amnesty to murder-convict Balkrishna Dhungel, who was serving the jail term.

Objecting the government decision to release murder convict Dhungel, all lawmakers from the NC stood up leaving their seats as soon as the meeting of the federal parliament began Tuesday. With this, Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara gave time to lawmaker Gagan Thapa to speak about the objection.

Lawmaker Thapa argued that the case of Balkrishna Dhungel could not be handled by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission because he was serving imprisonment with the verdict of the Supreme Court on murder charge.

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“Prime Minister has no right as the King had previously to award amnesty to the murderer in the name of having ‘good conduct’. This decision must be withdrawn,” he underscored.

After the government decided to condone former lawmaker of then CPN Maoist-Centre Dhungel on the Republic Day, he was released from Dillibazar jail on Tuesday.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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