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Snow leopard kills 27 Himalayan goats in Mustang

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MUSTANG — At least 27 Himalayan goats died after a group of snow leopards attacked them at Tetang village of Chhusang VDC-5 in upper Mustang.

According to a Chief of Lho Manthang Office of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Santosh Sherchan, the snow leopards killed 27 Himalayan goats and injured two others after entering a barn of a local farmer Ram Bahadur Gurung on Saturday night.

After the death of such large number of goats, farmer Gurung suffered a huge loss. As a campaign to conserve such leopards came into effect some four years ago, number of the beast has increased in the upper Mustang.

ACAP Chief Sherchan said that the farmers would not have to bear losses from the snow leopards after the solar lights are installed at the animal sheds. “We are organising many awareness raising programmes for the same targetting the locals,” he added.

Sherchan said that the with the rise in their number, they enter the villages to hunt as they lack preys in the jungle.

Earlier in September, the snow leopards had entered into the village and killed over 100 Himalayan goats of a local farmer Pemachheten Gurung at Marang village in Charang VDC.

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Attorney General Kharel directs police to file a case to seek life imprisonment to rapists

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DHANUSA— Attorney General Agni Prasad Kharel has directed the police department to file a case seeking life imprisonment to the men arrested for raping and murdering 10-year-old girl Manika Yadav along with confiscation of all property.

He made this direction to Superintendent of Police Gobinda Thapaliya during an inspection of the office of district government advocate and high government advocate office in Janakpur.

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Kharel also met Manika’s family at Aaurahi Rural Municipality.

During the meeting, he assured the bereaved family of action against the rapists and economic help to them.

The Dhanusa police have arrested Binod Mukhiya and Nathuni Pandit from the locality on the charge of raping Manika.

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