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Gathabandhan to protest outside PM’s residence today, govt expands prohibited zone around Baluwatar

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KATHMANDU — After protesting outside the country’s main administrative center, Singha Durbar, for two consecutive days, the Sanghiya Gathabandhan (Federal Alliance) is picketing the prime minister’s official residence in Baluwatar today.

According to Gathabandhan spokesperson Sitaram Tamang, the Gathabandhan will picket the prime minister’s residence in Baluwatar from 10:00am to 5:00pm today.

Meanwhile, The District Administration Office, Kathmandu has declared new prohibited zones in the district, considering security sensitivity.

A meeting of the District Security Committee chaired by Chief District Officer Ram Krishna Subedi decided to declare some areas as prohibited zone until further notice, with effect from today itself.

Accordingly, the area from the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar to the Italian chowk in the south, and up to Pabitra workshop in the north, 100 meters from the Speaker’s residence to the road leading to Gairidhara towards the west-south, 100 meters from the Chief Justice’s residence in Baluwatar to west Lazimpat and 100 meters east of Nepal Rastra Bank Baluwatar chowk has been declared as prohibited zone.

The Gathabandhan has been protesting against some provisions of the new constitution since Sunday.

As part of their Singha Durbar gherao program, the Gathabandhan had staged demonstrations at Maitighar Mandala and Hanumansthan for two days.

Hundreds of of security personnel were deployed on the streets to prevent agitators from clashing with commuters and entering Singha Durbar.

During yesterday’s protest, two persons were injured in police action after the crowd pelted the police with stones.

A resident of Pali, Arghakhanchi, Ram Prasad Poudel, 23, sustained injuries in his eyes and was treated at Tripureshwor-based Nepal Eye Hospital.

According to police, Anil Dhungana of Taruka, Nuwakot, was arrested for pelting stones at the police and 35 lathis carried by the demonstrators were seized from Thapathali chowk.

A B.Sc student of Tri-Chandra college, Prakash Adhikari, was overpowered by demonstrators and handed over to police.

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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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