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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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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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