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Thapa faction of CPN-M decides to join UCPN-M

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KATHMANDU —General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa of the CPN-Maoist on Saturday removed Chairman Mohan Baidya to take over  party reins and decided to begin the unification process with the UCPN (Maoist).

Holding a separate central committee meeting, Thapa, who claimed to have the support of more than two thirds of CC members, formed a new party and decided to begin the unification process with like-minded parties including the UCPN-Maoist.

Pampha Bhusal, a party spokesperson and a leader close to Thapa, said that the party decided to designate [Thapa] as the new chairperson after efforts to convince Baidya on plan to merge CPN-Maoist with the mother party failed.

The party has also formally endorsed the new chairman’s 13-point proposal for its unification with the UCPN (Maoist).

Earlier this week, Thapa had reached an understanding with Dahal for unification between the CPN-Maoist and UCPN (Maoist), which had parted ways in June 2012.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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