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Toddler snatched from mother’s hand recovered dead

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MAHOTTARI — A 7-months-old infant snatched from her mother on Sunday by an unknown person was found dead on Monday.

Sonali Chaudhary, a daughter of Santosh Chaudhary of Aurahi Municipality-1, was stolen from her parents’ shop at around 6:30 pm on Sunday.

Her body was found under a mango tree in the garden of Feku Chaudhary near the Ankushi River in Bhangaha Municipality, according to Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Khagendra Bahadur Khadka of District Police Office (DPO) Mahottari.

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The minor’s body was found with hand prints on her right cheek and bruises from biting on the other cheek. There were also blue-black marks on the head and she was bleeding from the nose.

Police said they have also recovered an orange handkerchief, dark goggles and a pair of pants from the site. The CCTV footage of the shop clearly shows the man running away with the child, police said.

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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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