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Old idols found in Jumla

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JUMLA — Idols that claimed to be of the thirteenth century have been found close-by Kanakasundari VDC-7, Dhobighat of Jumla district.

Five old idols were detected while digging out for the foundation of rest house beign constructed to provide shelter to internal and external tourists coming to observe Kanakasundari Goddess Temple.

The idols found during excavation seem to be linked with Malla-era civilization of 13th century, said culture expert and history informant Ram Chandra Acharya of Karnali.

The idols detected are of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parbati, Lord Buddha and bull, said Chairperson of Temple Management Committee Nar Bahadur Rawat. One of the idols found is beyond recognition so it is difficult to identify what the idol is about, he added.

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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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