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US-Bangla aircraft crashes at TIA, 8 dead

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KATHMANDU — Several people were injured as an aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu has crashed while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon killing at least eight people and injuring several others.

As many as 71 persons, including four crew members, were on-board the aircraft, among them 33 were Nepali nationals, it has been learnt. There were 37 males, 27 females and two children onboard the aircraft.

At least 30 passengers who have been injured are rescued and sent to Civil Hospital, New Baneshwor and KMC Hospital, Sinamangalaccording to TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur.

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The 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft caught fire after it skidded off the runway during landing and crashed onto a ground near the runway. The aircraft with registration S2-AGU took off from Dhaka and landed at TIA at 2:20 pm.

“The plane shoot off the run away while it was about to crash into the hanger and immediately caught fire,” an airport official said.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams have reached the incident site in airport.

Following the crash, all flights in and out of TIA have been cancelled .

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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.

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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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