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Gathabandhan’s Singha Darbar gherao to continue

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KATHMANDU — Sanghiya Gathabandhan(Federal Alliance), a coalition of more than two dozen parties — Madhesi and Janajatis — dissenting the Constitution, decided to continue the Singha Darbar gherao program till Tuesday.

Protesters affiliated to Sanghiya Gathabandhan on Sunday blocked entry points to the government secretariat demanding constitution amendment to reflect their aspirations.

Later in the evening, Gathabandhan partners held a meeting at the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal’s party office to review the program and decided to extend Singha Durbar picketing by two more days.

“The gherao program will stay until Tuesday. Talks are going ahead to disclose more programs of protest,” said Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav.

The Gathabandhan would meet again on Monday again to decide whether to change the type of the protest, said Yadav.

The Gathabandhan concluded that the demonstration was peaceful and successful today.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has extended his support to the Kathmandu-centric protest of the Madhesi-Janajati alliance.

Issuing a statement on Sunday, Bhattarai pledged his moral support to the agitation and the protesters’ demands. He also regretted the delay in addressing the demands of the agitating communities.

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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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