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Security team monitors border with India

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PANCHTHAR— A joint team of concerned authority and security agencies has carried out a monitoring along the border with India in Panchthar district.

The monitoring team includes lawmaker Basanta Kumar Nembang, President of the District Coordination Committee Bishnu Prasad Sapkota, Chief District Officer Prakash Chandra Adhikari, Chair of Yanbarak Rural Municipality Lekhnath Ghimire and chiefs of all three security agencies.

The supervision aims to control criminal activities, human trafficking and the smuggling of counterfeit currencies, drugs, wild animals and weapons. The team also inspected border pillar no 47.

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On the occasion, a meeting was held between the team and security agency of Sikkim State. During the meeting, it was agreed upon that a security post would be set up in Panchthar and the rural municipality chair has been given the task of arranging two locations in that regard, said CDO Sapkota.

Likewise, Security Chief of the Sikkim State Laxman Gurung, who participated in the meeting, apprised the meeting of the progress in the construction of a road connecting Panchthar and Sikkim.

Lawmaker Nembang said initiatives would be taken in the nearest future to open more transit points with India.

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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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