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Nirmala Panta murder case: 4 injured as police open fire at protesters

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — At least four persons were injured when police opened fire at protestors protesting the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl at Traffic Chowk in Kanchanpur district on Thursday.

Locals have been demonstrating for the last three days demanding arrest of the culprit involved in the raping and subsequent murder of a 13-year-old girl Nirmala Panta of Bhimdatta Municipality-2, Kanchanpur.

Those injured in the clash with police have been hospitalized at Mahakali Zonal Hospital. However, the identy of those hurt is yet to be ascertained and their condition has also not been known.

Police had initially fired tear gas shells to disperse the mob. However, when police ran out of shells, they opened fire at the protestors.

Protestors have also halted traffic along the East West Highway by burning tyres on the road. They are also protesting in front of District Administration Office.

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Locals have blamed the police administration of presenting the wrong suspect to protect the perpetrator. Kanchanpur Police arrested 41-year-old Dilip Singh Bista, a local of Bhimdatta Municipality-19, in connection with the Nirmala rape case after 24 days of the incident.

But locals do not believe Bista’s involvement in the case as he is mentally retarded and have accused the police administration of arresting him to simply dispel the agitation of the protesters.

The irate locals had called an indefinite strike on last Tuesday. The indefinite strike has brought the life in Kanchanpur to a grinding halt.

Nirmala had been ruthlessly raped and killed while she was returning home from her friend’s house at Bhimdatta municipality-2, Kanchanpur on July 26. The body of Nirmala was found in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she was reported missing.

Autopsy report showed that the teenager had been raped and strangulated to death.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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