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Seven Nepalis listed in Panama Papers data

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KATHMANDU — Seven Nepalis’ name appeared in the Panama Papers offshore data that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) published on Monday.

Among them are Upendra Mahato, Nawang Dolma, Umadevi Singhania, Arun Kumar Chaudhary, Suryansh Kumar Chaudhary, Karan Kumar Chaudhary and Shila Chaudhary.

Total nineteen Nepalis’ names have appeared in the Panama Papers database that the ICIJ published online in this way.

ICIJ has integrated the new release with the Offshore Leaks database that it published in 2013.

The incorporated database includes name of Nepali entrepreneur Satish Lal Acharya, suggesting that details about him originated from the Offshore Leaks.

In 2013, the ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database had recorded 13 Nepalis. They were identified as Bijendra Joshi, Bijesh Kumar Todi Agrawal, Bishwa Barsingh Thapa, Bishwa Dhar Tuladhar, Dr. Shyam Bahadur Karmacharya, Harish Kumar Todi, Professor Shatendra Kumar Gupta, Bimal Kazi Tamrakar, Binu Shrestha, Rajendra Kumar Kabra, Reenuka Pradhan, Rekha Kabra and Shashi Kant Agarwal.

The database has published four addresses–three in Kathmandu and one in Siraha– also linked to the Panama Papers.

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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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