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Hundreds of passengers evacuated after fire in Korean plane in Tokyo

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TOKYO — Around 300 passengers and crew members have been evacuated from a Korean Air Boeing 777 at Tokyo’s Haneda airport after one of the engines caught fire.

Television footage from the airport showed the plane, which was bound for South Korea’s Gimpo International, surrounded by red fire trucks and with the area around its left wing doused in foam.

The plane’s inflatable emergency evacuation slides had all been deployed.

“The flight had a fire on Engine No.1,” a Korean Air spokesman said.

“The plane bound to [Gimpo] Airport from Haneda had 302 passengers and 17 crew members on board. [The] fire was apparently put out.”

Smoke was seen coming from the plane as it was about to take off, Japanese transport and airport officials said.

Passengers and crew were evacuated and there were no reported serious injuries.

“So far we know that 19 people were [lightly] injured, some of whom said they feel ill,” a fire department official said.

Dozens of fire engines were deployed to the scene and have almost put out the fire.

Local media said police had so far discovered no information linked to criminality and reported that the airport, which was closed temporarily, would resume operations on three out of four runways.

The accident affected the travel plans of some 50,000 passengers, causing the cancellation of at least 200 flights.

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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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