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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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Indian truck driver held with 213 kg hashish and 2.250 kg opium

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KATHMANDU — The Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested an Indian truck driver with 213 kg hashish and 2.250 kg opium from Kalanki on Sunday.

NCB, acting on a tip-off, intercepted the Indian truck with registration number WB 23 B 5885 and assrested Meraz Alam, 25, of Bihar. The truck, which entered Nepal from India yesterday offloaded a consignment of maize in Hetauda of Makwanpur and headed to Dhading to load the hashish and opium provided by local racketeers, according to police.

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The drugs were concealed in two false compartment made in cargo space of the truck.

Police said that, Alam allegedly used the truck to smuggle drugs to India for long time.

Meanwhile, the narco police had launched an investigation to ascertain the racketeer who supplied the hard drugs to Indian smugglers.

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