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Police mobilise rapid rescue squad for Bisket Jatra

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BHAKTAPUR — A rapid rescue squad of police is being mobilised for the first time for this year’s Bisket Jatra festival in Bhaktapur.

The rapid rescue team has been set up considering the risk of accidents due to the tremble caused by the rushing wheels of the chariot on the roadside houses damaged in the earthquake, said Police Superintendent at Metropolitan Police Circle Bhaktapur Kiran Bajracharya.

The festival observed in Bhaktapur for eight nights and nine days begins from local Taumadhi on April 9.

A team from Nepal Police headquarters will remain on standby in Bhaktapur with all necessary tools and equipment for rescue and relief.

Considering the risk on many houses supported by external beams in Bhaktapur, the route for the chariots to be taken out during the festival has also been shortened, SP Bajracharya said.

All liquor shops in the areas hosting the festival will be shut considering the possibility of booze-related hooliganism.

CCTV cameras have also been installed at major thoroughfares while plain-clothed police personnel will be mobilised to monitor the crowd, police said.

Many volunteers are being mobilised with the help of Nepal Red Cross Society and local social clubs to help organise the festival in a peaceful manner.

Medical teams will also be put on the standby for immediate treatment of anyone injured.

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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold

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RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.

Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.

The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.

According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.

It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.

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