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Five including 3 fake engineers held

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KATHMANDU — The Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) has made public five people, including three engineers on Wednesday, who were arrested on charge of producing and possessing fake engineering degrees.

The arrested three engineers are Hitesh Singh, 28, Pujul Kumar Khatri, 26, and Sanat Shrestha, 26. Other two Ankit Khadka, 29, is a computer designer and Suvit Khadka, 44, was identified as a broker.

Ankit and Suvit are part of a racket that “produces and sells” fake engineering degrees, according to the MPCD. They own a designing firm in Gabahal, Lalitpur, from where they run the illegal business, said police.

Ankit designed fake certificates while Suvit would help the so-called engineers get registered with the Nepal Engineering Council.

Singh, Khatri and Shrestha were the clients of the same designing firm from where they had acquired their engineering degrees.

According to their certificates, Singh, Khatri and Shrestha did their engineering from Nepal Engineering College in Duwakot in 2014.

In their statements to police, the trio said they did go to Nepal Engineering College but had failed in the final exams despite repeated attempts.

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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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