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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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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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