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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case: Main accused Bista and Bam sisters released

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KANCHANPUR — Police have released Dilip Singh Bista — whom erstwhile police administration of Kanchanpur paraded as a perpetrator behind rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Bagphant,Bhimdutta Munipality-19 — after DNA reports failed to establish evidence against him.

According to Chief District Officer Taranath Adhikari, Dilip who was arrested 24 days ago to investigate into the rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala, was released on a general date on Tuesday as per the suggestion of district attorney.

However, Dilip, a mentally ill person, will be kept in the boundaries of investigation, the police said.

Along with Bista, Roshani Bam and Babita Bam, who were arrested on August 25, have also been released, according to police. The Bam sisters were handed over to their family members with a condition to produce them before the court if required.

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Bista has been handed over to his elder brother Khadak Bista while Bam sisters were handed over to their father Narendra Bam.

Earlier, Bista was taken to Kathmandu for medical check-up as well. During the medical check-up also, no evidence was found that he committed the crime, police said.

The District Court, Kanchanpur, had also extended their remand to investigate into the rape and murder of Nirmala.

Nirmala, a resident of Bhimdutta Municipality-2, was found dead lying on a sugarcane field in Bhimdutta-18 on July 27. A forensic report showed the victim was raped and strangulated to death.

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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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