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Niramal Panta rape, murder case: Govt forms new probe committee under DIG Dhiru Basnet

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a new nine-member probe committee under DIG Dhiru Basnyat to investigate the role of police officers involved in the probe of rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta on Sunday.

SSP Niraj Bahadur Shahi, SP Uttam Subedi and investigation expert police officers are in the team, according to Nepal Police Spokesperson Shailesh Thapa Chhetri.

The high powered probe committee was formed after the role and activities of the police officers involved in the investigation of rape and murder of Panta found suspicious.

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The Home Ministry on Saturday suspended five officials, including two DSPs, as per the report tabled by a high-level probe committee under joint secretary Hari Prasad Mainali.

Earlier, a committee was formed under Uttam Subedi to look into the case.

Nirmala of Kanchanpur was found dead in a sugarcane field close to her home on July 27. A forensic report showed that she was raped  then murdered.

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Mahanawami being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Mahanawami, the ninth day of Bada Dashain, is being observed throughout the country.

Since early morning, a large number of devotees visit the temples of goddesses Mahakali, Shri Mahalaxmi and Durga Bhagawati.

On this day, prayers are offered and Durga Saptasati recited at the Shaktipeeths.

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Chicken, ducks, goats, sheep and buffaloes are sacrificed and vegetarians offer coconuts, radish, bottle-gourds, etc in the place of animals.

Thousands of people worship at the Taleju Bhawani temple at Hanumandhoka which is opened once a year on the day of Mahanawami.

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