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Two planes collide on Indonesian runway

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JAKARTA — Two planes collided on a runway in Indonesia’s capital on Monday, sparking a fire and forcing passengers to evacuate.

The flight operated by Batik Air, one of Asia’s largest airlines, was going to take off from Halim Perdanakusuma airport when one of its wings clipped the rear of another plane being towed off of the runway, Reuters reports.

The Batik Air Boeing 737 carrying 56 people had been cleared for takeoff when its wing struck a smaller Trans Nusa plane, which was being towed, Batik said in a statement.

Local media pictures shows the Boeing 737’s wing bursting into flames as fire trucks and ambulances responded to the scene.

All passengers were evacuated safely, the Jakarta Transportation Ministry said.  Officails said the airport would remain closed until further notice.

Indonesia has experienced two major air tragedies in recent years, including when an Air Asia flight crashed into the Java Sea with 162 passengers on board.

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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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