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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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Bijaya Dashami today

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KATHMANDU- Today, Hindus across the country are observing Bijaya Dashami today.

The 10th day of Bada Dashain is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm by receiving ‘tika’ and ‘jamara’ and blessings from elders.

Although the auspicious hour or the Mul Sait for receiving ‘Devi Prasad’ has been fixed at 9:51 am, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose.

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The worship of Durga Bhawani at Dashainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishek or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika.

People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious blessings of the goddess Nava Durga and they signify prosperity.

It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami.

The Vijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.

 

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