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DNA reports of three suspects in rape and murder of Panta negative

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KANCHANPUR—The Kanchanpur Police have received the reports of DNA test of three people conducted in course of investigations into the rape and murder of 13-years – old Nirmala Panta.

The DNA test reports of three suspects including (suspended) Superintendent of Police Dilliraj Bista did not match to the evidences collected from the incident site, said the district police office. DNA testing of three suspects—Bista, his son Kiran Raj and a local man Aayush Bista—was conducted following the demand by the local people.

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“The DNA reports received from Kathmandu yesterday were negative,” said Deputy Superintendent of police Krishna Raj Ojha, adding however that investigation into the case was going on minutely. Nirmala, of Bhimdattanagar Municipality in Kanchanpur was raped and murdered on July 26. Her body was found in a Sugarcane farm in the locality the following day. Following the incident, the whole country turned into a rage as the people including locals took to the streets demanding an arrest of the culprit(s). A protestor was shot dead by the police during the agitation.

Earlier, a local resident Dilip Singh Bista, 41 who was arrested in connection with the murder, was released later as his DNA report that did not match DNA evidences collected from the body parts of the deceased.

The protestors have been demanding that the arrest of main culprit(s) and justice for the family of the deceased.

“whatever the result of the DNA testing maybe, the investigations are on. Many teams of the police have involved in the investigations. The perpetrator(s) will be booked,” said Ojha.

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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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