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Nirmala Panta rape and murder case : DNA testing begins for suspended SP, his son

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KATHMANDU — Police have collected blood samples of the suspended Superintendent of Police Dilli Raj Bista, his son Kiran Bista, and Aayush Bista, the nephew of Bhimdutta Municipality mayor Surendra Bista, on Thursday in connection to the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta.

The blood sample of SP Bista was taken in Kathmandu whereas samples of Aayush and Kiran were collected in Mahendranagar, Kanchanpur, according to Nepal Police Spokesperson SSP Sailesh Thapa Kshetri.

The samples were collected by the doctors in the presence of the police and sent to the police forensic lab for the testing.

The blood samples have been collected two days after DNA analysis of the main suspect 41-year-old Dilip Singh Bista tested negative.

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Dilip was arrested on August 19 and presented before the media the following day as the main suspect behind Nirmala’s death. He was released after 24 days in custody, following the DNA mismatch. With Bista’s release, the probe has taken a dramatic turn.

Locals have been demanding DNA testing for SP Bista and DSP Gyan Bahadur Sethi among others, saying they were involved in destroying evidence in the rape and murder case.

The local authorities, however, have not collected any blood sample from DSP Sethi, saying his role was not under suspicion.

Nirmala’s parents on Thursday pleaded the government to find the culprit involved in rape and subsequent murder of their daughter as soon as possible.

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Maha Astami being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today Maha Astami festival is being observed throughout the country by the Hindus.

On this day, people offer special worship to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. They also sacrifice goats and roosters.

People who do not sacrifice animals, offers sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.

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Special Durgapuja and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship weapons, vehicles and machines.

On this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar of Hanumandhoka in the capital city.

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