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Woman commits suicide in Mahottari

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MAHOTTARI — A woman has committed a suicide by setting herself ablaze at Sikwakataiya in Mahottari Tuesday morning.

Shiva Kumari Devi, 22, splashed kerosene oil on her body at around 9 am in the wake of locking herself in her bedroom and set herself aflame when the other family members were away, police said.

The house was also reduced to ashes due to the fire that caught the house in the course of the incident.

Superintendent of Police Janak Bhattarai said that although the fire was doused later, Devi could not be saved.

The reasons behind the incident are yet to be known, he added.

Devi is survived by two daughters and a husband, who is currently abroad for employment.

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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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