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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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