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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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Beni-Lovely Hill trekking route construction begins

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BENI- The construction of a trekking route from Myagdi district headquarters, Benibazaar, to tourism site, Lovely Hill, has begun.

The Beni Municipality, Myagdi Overseas Nepali Association and Myagdi Chamber of Commerce and Industry had signed a tripartite agreement for the construction of the trekking route.

The trekking route is expected to facilitate tourists to reach to the tourism site, Lovely Hill, located at Beni Municipality-2.

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Myagdi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice-Chair Rajesh Shakya shared that the construction of the trekking route connecting Handebhir of Beni to Lavely Hill has begun from Sunday.

A total cost of Rs 7.8 million is estimated fort he construction of the trekking route with 1.7 metre of breadth. The construction is expected to be completed within three months.

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