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NAFEA demands recall of Nepali Ambassador to Malaysia

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KATHMANDU — The Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) has demanded that the government recall Ambassador for Malaysia Niranjan Basnyat.

At a press meet here on Thursday, Association Chair Bimal Dhakal alleged Ambassador Basnayt of causing more financial burden on the Nepalis who reached Malaysia in search of employment in convenience with organisations like VLN Nepal, Biometric, Migrame and ICS, involved in the visa processing for Nepali migrant workers.

The Association also appealed to the government to shut these organisations as they were allegedly operating illegally and overcharging the Nepali migrant workers.

The Association alleged Ambassador Basnyat of barring its team included in the trip of Minister for Labour and Employment Deepak Bohara, who is presently on a visit to Malaysia, from holding a meeting with the Malaysian Labour Minister.

Moreover, Ambassador Basnyat has been accused of protecting these organisations rather than taking action against them.

The Association has also demanded that Nepal sign a Labour Agreement with Malaysia within the next three months to ensure rights of Nepali migrant workers.

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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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