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Police open fire to nab gangster

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KATHMANDU — Police opened fire at a famous gangster, Jaswant Rai, and took him under control from Bijulibazaar of Kathmandu on Thursday.

Rai, who has been accused of over twelve burglaries and was on the run, had attempted to run away after seeing the police team from the Metropolitan Police Crime Division, as per police.

Based on complaints that Rai had been extorting people in Bijulibazaar area for the past many years, a police team deployed from the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) opened fire and took him under control, MPCD Chief SSP Sarvendra Khanal said.

The incident occurred at around 12 noon. Rai was warned against running away before he was shot at. The police shot at Rai after he tried to hit the policemen with an iron rod, said SSP Khanal .

He is receiving treatment the Bir Hospital.

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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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