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Prez Bhandari’s India visit cancelled

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KATHMANDU — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s maiden foreign visit to India has been cancelled.

President Bhandari was scheduled to leave Kathmandu for the southern neighbor at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee on May 9.

Foreign Ministry and President Office had been coordinating the president’s India visit.

It has been learned that the visit was cancelled due to the recent political developments in the nation and speculations about the government change. Nonetheless, the visit has been canceled stating that it was not endorsed by the cabinet.

The president was scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with Mukherjee, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, among other ministers, as well as other top political leaders during her stay in the Indian capital.

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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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