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Durbarmarg rape case main accused arrested

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KATHMANDU — Police have arrested the main accused involved in a gang rape incident that took place at Durbarmarg-based Landmark Hotel in Kathmandu on January 25.

A police team deployed from the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, detained main accused Shailesh Karki on Tuesday. Three others involved in the same case — Deepak Shrestha, Bikash Gautam and Rabi Paudel — are still on the run, according to police.

A woman was raped by four men at Landmark Hotel in Durbarmarg on January 25. One of the accused is said to be the woman’s boyfriend.

The woman, next day, went to the Metropolitan Police Circle, Durbarmarg, but Inspector Thakuri refused to register her complaint and told her to settle the issue with the perpetrators of the crime.

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Police said that the culprits had allegedly paid Rs 2.7 million to the victim’s mother and Rs 300,000 to an agent to settle the case. They had also tried to settle the case by offering Rs 3 million to Inspector Laxman Thakuri and Sub-Inspector Chandra Bhandari of the Metropolitan Police Circle, Durbarmag.

Following a widespread condemnation about the incident, the Ministry of Home Affairs on February 5 suspended Inspector Thakuri for not registering a rape case when the victim herself made complaint at the police station.

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FNNTEA starts pre-booking from today

Pratigya Waiju

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KATHMANDU—The federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA) has opened the annual pre-Dashain booking from today. The transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking after the government agreed to increase public transport fares by 10 percent on Saturday.

The advance booking for bus tickets had remained uncertain because the transport operators associated with the FNNTEA had been demanding the government to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

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Though they said that the booking would be opened from 21 September, the transport operator associated with FNNTEA did not take any booking till yesterday. Only the private transportation companies started pre-booking from 21 September.

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