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Probe body on Kanchanpur rape and murder case continues works

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BHIMDATTANAGAR- A committee formed to investigate the role and work execution of then police officers and employees of the District Police Office, Kanchanpur assigned to handle the case relating to the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kholti of Bhimdattanagar-2 continues its works.

On September 16, the government formed the probe committee under the convenorship of Additional Inspector General of Police, Dhiru Basnyat. The team arrived here on Friday in course of its investigations into the matter.

As the team said, its investigations have been focused on 26 police personnel assigned to look after the case.

“The team is committed to taking tougher action if weaknesses and suspected roles of police personnel are noticed,” he said.

Talking to media persons here today, team coordinator AIG Basnyat said they were working round-the-clock to complete the task. He has called on one and all to cooperate with the team if they have any information in relation with the case.

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The high-level team had, shortly after its arrival here, met with the family of Dilip Singh Bista, who was once arrested on the accusation of his involvement in the case, but later was freed, declaring innocent.

The team this morning met with women and rights activists here regarding the issue. During the meeting, demand was made for a stringent action against the guilty in the crime.

The 13-year-old girl was raped and murdered on July 26 and her body was found in a sugarcane field next day.

 

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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