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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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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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