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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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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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