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Durbarmarg gang rape case: 3 police officers suspended

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KATHMANDU — Three police officers have been suspended in connection with the Landmark Hotel gang rape case in Durbarmarg.

A probe committee formed to investigate into the case has submitted its report to the Metropolitan Police Range Kathmandu, on Thursday recommending to suspend three officer involved in the case — DSP Tirak Bharati, Inspector Laxman Singh Thakuri and Sub Inspector Chandra Bahadur Bhandari — and take stern action as per the prevailing Nepal Police regulations.

In a heinous crime like rape, officials who were involved in luring the victim with monetary value for mediating to sign a reconciliation paper with the accused, and not conducting investigation into the case, have been identified and would face the music, it said in a statement on Thursday.

The victim, 22, who had gone to stay over at a Landmark Hotel in Darbarmargh with her boyfriend Sailesh Karki on January 21, had filed an FIR against the four perpetrators — her beau Karki, Bikash Gautam, Deepak Shrestha and Ravi Paudel — at the Durbarmarg-based Metropolitan Police Circle on January 22.

The victim had claimed that she was gang raped by four persons on that dreadful night.

The Metropolitan Police Range Hanumandhoka said the four alleged suspects, who are at large, would be arrested soon.

The case came to limelight after the Durbarmarg-based Metropolitan Police Circle officials declined to register an FIR against the accused rapist instead, they tried to settled down the case in exchange of monetary value.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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