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Minister Pokharel, Bijukche launch reconstruction in Bhaktapur

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BHAKTAPUR — Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ananda Pokharel and Nepal Workers and Peasants’ Party (NWPP) Chairman, Narayanman Bijukche, today jointly launched the reconstruction work in Bhatkapur city.

As a part of the Heritage Reconstruction National Program the government started from this day, foundation stones were laid for reconstruction of the Lyaku Dwaka (entrance gate to Durbar Square) and Silu Mahadev temple (Fasidega).

At the program, Minister Pokharel said that 800,000 houses were damaged during the devastating earthquake, and that government was expediting the reconstruction work.

NWPP Chair Bijukchhe said the reconstruction work cannot be handed over to the construction contractors, and work should be dealt with through Consumer Committee.

The cost for reconstructing Fasidega is estimated at Rs 55 million and Lyaku Dwaka at Rs 3.398 million.

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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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