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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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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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