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Rebuilding of Ranipokhari from April 24

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KATHMANDU — The reconstruction of Ranipokhari is to start from April 24, coming Sunday.

The 25 April Earthquake a year ago had totally destroyed the Balgopaleswor Temple situated in the mid-a part of Ranipokhari.

The KMC is putting its efforts to beautify Ranipokhari with the temple after around 360 years, according to Spokesperson of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Gyanendra Karki,. The KCM has put forth a plan to remove dirt and mud piled up in Ranipokhari which has not been cleaned up since long.

“The human resource required for the clean-up of mud and dirt cannot be ascertained as it has not been done since long”, said Spokesperson Karki.

A budget of Rs 120 million has been allocated for the reconstruction. President Bidya Devi Bhandari on January 16 had inaugurated the Ranipokhari reconstruction campaign.

It is noted that the Ranipokhari has possessed around 60 ropanis of land. The pond has occupied 40 ropanis.

The beautification plans include installing electric lighting, construction of rallying around the pond for the protection of the pond, planting green saplings, setting up musical fountains and construction of rounding pavement.

It is informed that the entire works will be completed within six months of the beginning of construction.

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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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