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Federal Alliance pickets Singha Durbar

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KATHMANDU — Supporters of Sanghiya Gathabandan (Federal Alliance), an alliance of more than two dozen fringe Madhesi and Janajati parties,  is gathering outside Singha Durba to protest against the constitution on Sunday.

A total of twenty-nine Madhesi and Janjati parties are associated with the alliance.

Earlier on Saturday, protesters affiliated to Gathabandan had held a mass demonstration in the Capital, the first day of their highly-publicized Kathmandu-centric protest.

The protest rally had converged at Shanti Batika in Ratna Park and passed through Sahid Gate, Sundhara, New Road, Ason and concluded at Bhotahiti.

The alliance announced the protest program putting forth 26-point demand with the government. Redrawing provincial boundaries and amending some provisions of the constitution are their key demands.

Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum Nepal General secretary Rajendra Shrestha said that the demonstration was aimed at pressuring government to find solution of the Tarai crisis through amendment in the constitution.

The alliance declared the Kathmandu centric protest programs, stating that the government would be responsible if such a situation arise in future.

The protest announcement of Federal Alliance comes two days after they spurned a government offer to resume talks.

The alliance has also said that the protest programs will continue until their demands are met by rewriting the constitution.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

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

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