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Number of tourists increase at Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — The Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Kanchanpur district has seen an increase an increase in the number of tourists- both domestic and foreign over the years.

The reserve is home to large herds of the swamp deer.

Chief Conservation Officer at the Reserve Ved Kumar Dhakal said that the number of tourists coming to visit the Reserve has increased compared with the earlier years.

As per him, 824 tourists visited Shuklaphanta Reserve in the fiscal year 2013/014 to 2014/015.

The number of tourists visiting the Reserve in the last nine months of the current fiscal year has reached 1,288. It is said 531 tourists visited the Reserve from March 14 to April 12, including 436 domestic tourists.

Dhakal said many foreign tourists also come here for carrying out research study on the flora and fauna of the Reserve.

Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve is home to the swamp deer, tiger, rhino, spotted deer, elephant and 300 various bird species.

The Reserve covers a large tract of savannah land, the largest such grassland in the country. It also has wetland area as well as historic place


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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.

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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