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Prez Bhandari lays foundation stone for Earthquake Memorial Park in Barpak

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GORKHA — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has laid the foundation stone for the development of quake Commemoration Park at Barpak in the district.

Barpak is the epicenter of the last year’s devastating earthquake that caused huge casualties and damage of physical property in the country.

The park is being constructed in memory of the persons killed in the Gorkha Quake last year. The park will be constructed at an area covering Barpak ward no. 4 and 5.

President Bhandari also laid the foundation stone for the construction of a house of quake survivor Gopal BK.

After laying the foundation stone, President Bhandari released the name list and details of the quake survivors receiving grants from the government side.

President Bhandari also attended a programme held in the premises of the Himalayan Higher Secondary School. After inspecting Barpak area for around 45 minutes, President Bhandari left for Laprak, said Superintendent of Police Janakraj Pandey.

The Non Residential Nepalese (NRN) is to support the reconstruction projects in Laprak.

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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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