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Govt objects to diplomats’ meeting with agitators

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KATHMANDU — The government has objected a reported meeting of foreign diplomats in Kathmandu with the leaders of the agitating Federal Alliance.

Issuing a statement on Friday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs objected a meeting of the diplomats with the Madhesi leaders.  “Such engagements in essentially internal matters of Nepal without the knowledge of the Government are regrettable,” said Spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The MoFA spokesperson commented that “the Government of Nepal was not informed of the event”.

“These kinds of incidents are not compatible with the letter and spirit of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, established diplomatic practices and code of conduct,” the MoFA statement read.

The agitating Alliance on Thursday had held a meeting with representatives of diplomatic missions based in the Capital to clarify that their new programs of protest would be peaceful, non-violent and democratic.

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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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