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Nationwide protest in support of Nirmala, today

Pratigya Waiju



KATHMANDU— Today civil society members are organizing nationwide protest demonstration in support of Nirmala Panta, who was raped and murdered in Kanchanpur.

The protests are being organized to exert pressure to the government to book the guilty as soon as possible.

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Two major demonstrations are scheduled to be organized in Kathmandu and Kanchanpur. The demonstration will begin at 1 pm from Maitighara Mandala and march past Babarmahal and Bijulibazar before converging into a gathering at New Baneshwor in Kathmandu.

Most of the demonstrations across the country are going to be held at 1 pm.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft





DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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