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Justice Bam’s murderers get life in prison

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KATHMANDU — The Lalitpur District Court on Monday sentenced five persons, including Chure Bhawar Rastriya Ekata Party’s former leader Megh Bahadur Thapa, of Justice Rana Bahadur Bam’s murder and slapped life imprisonment on them.

A single bench of judge Om Prakash Aryal sentenced life imprisonment to murder masterminds Megh Bahadur Thapa, falias Babu, Nir Bahadur Thapa and Dipak Karna.

Likewise, Shiva Chaudhary and Sanjay Ismaili Magar, who shot dead Judge Bam, were given life imprisonment with confiscation of all properties.

The court has also sentenced additional 12 years jail term to four of them for their attempt to murder Justice Bam’s driver and the justice’s friend Ram Giri.

Likewise, Prem Raj Khadka was also convicted of his involvement in the murder conspiracy as an accomplice. He faces a sentence for five years.

Justice Bam was shot dead near Shankhamul of Lalitpur by the hitmen — Magar of Ramechhap and Chaudhary of Janakpur — hired by Thapa, who masterminded the murder.

The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police had arrested four of them in January, 2015 almost three years after the murder.

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Bakar-Eid being celebrated

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POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.

The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.

Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.

The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.

The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.

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