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Locals shut Sanfe-Martadi Highway demanding compensation

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BAJURA — Locals of Tipada in Badimalika Municipality-5 of Bajura have blocked the Sanfe-Martadi Highway since Monday morning demanding compensation for their land that was acquired in course of the highway construction.

The District Administration Office and people’s representatives turned deaf ears despite frequent visits to discuss the issue, complaint the locals.

They have accused the contractor company, PS Company, of failing to compensate them for their land property.

According to the residents, they found no option than closing the highway to exert pressure on authorities concerned to make the contractor respond to their issues.

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As per the papers, they were promised proper compensation for the arable land that is acquired for the road construction project. However, as many as 11 households are yet to get the compensation till now, said one Dhir Bahadur Singh.

“The road will not be opened till we are paid the compensation.”

When approached, Chief District Officer Luk Bahadur Chhetri said, “An all-party meeting was held in the District Administration Office (DAO) Sunday to seek a legal remedy of the issue. Efforts are underway to reopen the highway.”

Meanwhile, vehicles operating on short and long routes have been stranded before reaching the destination due to the highway closure.

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Dipak Manange sent to Dilli Bazar jail

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KATHMANDU — Absconding murder accused Rajib Gurung, aka Deepak Manange, who was arrested on Thursday, has been sent to Dilli Bazar jail today.

Manange,who had won the PA seat from Manang in the provincial election from Provice 4, was presented at the Kathmandu District Court and sent to Dillibazaar jail as per the court’s verdict, according to police.

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The Supreme Court (SC) in January had convicted Manange in an attempted murder case and sentenced him to five years imprisonment. He was on the run since the Apex Court upheld the Patan Appellate Court’s verdict to jail him for five years in an attempted murder case.

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