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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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Three metric tonnes trash removed from river

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KATHMANDU- Three metric tonnes of garbage was removed from the river today as part of the ongoing campaign of cleaning the Manohara and Hanumante rivers even during the festival period. 

Today marks the 84th week of the Manohara River Cleaning Campaign and the 34th week of the Hanumante River Cleaning Campaign. The areas around the tri-junction of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur were cleaned. 

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The river cleaning today was done in tribute to Ram Keshar Bogati to commemorate the 12th day of his death. Bogati was the president of the Nepal Film Board and the advisor of Tripura Sangam Samaj and Hanumante River Cleaning Campaign. 

Some 200 people including lawmaker and CPN leader Mahesh Basnet, government secretary Dinesh Thapaliya, representatives of various community organizations and NGOs as well as army and police personnel took part in the river cleaning works today.

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