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Probe panel formed to investigate budget leak

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KATHMANDU — The legislature on Tuesday formed a parliamentary probe committee to look into the budget leak issue as demanded by the main opposition Nepali Congress.

Nepali Congress (NC) had been blocking the parliament since yesterday demanding to form a probe panel to investigate the budget leakage prior to the announcement.

CPN-UML Chief Whip Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal had proposed to form a eight-member special committee led by Nepali Congress legislator Ramesh Lekhak.  Other members from the board are yet to be named.

Chief Whips of Nepali Congress and UCPN-Maoist Chin Kaji Shrestha and CPN (Center) lawmaker Hit Raj Pandey respectively had seconded the proposal.

After the formation of the committee, Nepali Congress allowed the House session.

Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel subsequently tabled a proposal to begin debate on the budget announcement.

Earlier, the ruling parties had agreed to form such panel as demanded by the main opposition.

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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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