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Deuba defends accusations of army, police mobilisation during armed conflict

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KATHMANDU — Nepali Congress (NC) President and former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said Nepal Army personnel and Nepal Police only discharged their duties in line with the state’s policies, rules and regulations during the armed conflict.

Leader Deuba said, “however, those found guilty of crime shall be brought to book,” at an interaction program organised by the Human Rights Organization of Nepal (HURON) on ‘Struggle Resolution and Justice’ here on Friday.

“Maoist combatants fought for political gain,” Deuba added.

Speaking at the same function, CPN Maoist Centre leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha suggested that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission should work to help mitigate insurgency-era cases and maintain peace in the country.

Chairperson of the Conflict Victims National Society and Nepali Congress leader Kul Bahadur Gurung and Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearance Lokendra Mallik, Chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Surya Kiran Gurung and Chairperson of HURON Indra Aryal among others were also present at the program.

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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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