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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

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Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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Japan to provide Rs 356 million for food assistance in Nepal

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KATHMADNU— The Government of Japan has agreed to provide grant assistance of 350 million Yen equivalent to about Rs 356 million to Nepal for carrying out food assistance programme.

The signing of Exchange of Notes towards this end was held on the witness of the foreign ministers of Nepal and Japan.

Ambassador of Nepal to Japan Prativa Rana and Ambassador of Japan to Nepal Mr Masamichi Saigo, on Monday signed the Exchange of Notes on behalf of their respective governments.

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The signing ceremony was held after the bilateral meeting between foreign ministers of both countries–Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Taro Kano– at Ikura House, Tokyo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The assistance aims to support the Government of Nepal to implement the Food Assistance Program to ensure food security to the Nepali people.

The assistance from Japan will enable Nepal governmnet to procure rice and supply it to needy people.

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