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Wild elephants go on rampage, destroy sugarcane plantations

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KANCHANPUR — Wild elephants straying from the Shuklaphanta National Park have gone on rampage, and destroyed sugarcane farming at Laljhadi rural municipality-4 in the district.

A herd of around 20 elephants enters the village and destroy sugarcane farming grown on five bighas of the farmland by more than half a dozen local farmers, said the affected farmers.

The incident continues for the past week and sugarcane worth more than Rs 800,000 have been destroyed so far in the rampage, said local farmer Sacha Rana.

As a result, the farmers have incurred a huge loss. “I started sugarcane farming through a bank loan. I wonder how to pay back the loan as the farming has been destroyed by the elephants,” said another affected farmer Ramdas Rana.

Their repeated calls to authority to resolve the problem have fallen on a deaf ear, he complained.

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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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