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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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Maha Astami being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today Maha Astami festival is being observed throughout the country by the Hindus.

On this day, people offer special worship to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. They also sacrifice goats and roosters.

People who do not sacrifice animals, offers sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.

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Special Durgapuja and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship weapons, vehicles and machines.

On this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar of Hanumandhoka in the capital city.

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