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Report on Nirmala’s rape and murder made public

By Our Reporter
The government made public the report of the probe panel formed to investigate into the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta after her rape. The Ministry of Home Affairs made the report public on Sunday.
In its conclusion, the report mentioned that Nepal Police remained indifferent though the police was informed the very day about the missing of Nirmala. Similarly, the report stated that police personnel deployed in the evidence collection relating to the murder incident of Niramla also remained careless.
Trained dogs were not used to identify the criminals while the sufficient number of security personnel were not deployed by the then police chief of the district in and around the sites where the dead body of Niramala was recovered, reads the report.
Similarly, Anita Bam (Babita) and Aanchal Bam (Roshani) residing in the house from where Nirmala had gone missing were not taken into custody for investigations while Dilip Singh Bista was made public by extending his time for investigations without sufficient evidences, according to the report.
The members of the victim family and general people expressed their doubt over the activities carried out by police due to behaviour and working style of the then Police Chief, Dilliraj Bista, police administration and some people exerted pressure to victim family to perform final rites of the deceased, reads the report.
The report also suggested to carry out investigations against the police officials who were in probe committee as well as take action against them immediately. The panel suggested to take departmental action against some police personnel for their carelessness in the safety of the site, where the body of Nirmala was recovered.
Similarly, the report also asked to take departmental action against the Superintendent of Police, Bista, as he was not found visiting the incident site even after getting information about such incident as well as he did not fulfill his responsibility in investigation of the case as per his position.
The committee suggested to bring all suspected office-bearers in the incident as per the evidence, reality and circumstances of the incident under the ambit of the investigation and ensure social rehabilitation of the victims’ family members from the state side as the normal living of the victim family was affected.
Two other policemen suspended
Nepal Police Headquarters suspended two police officials involved in the police investigation in the case of Nirmala Panta’s rape and murder.
Issuing a press note on Monday, the Headquarters said Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Harsingh Dhami and police constable Chandani Saud of Kanchanpur District Police Office were suspended.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and spokesperson at the Police Headquarters Shailesh Thapa Chhetri said that Dhami and Saud were suspended based on the probe panel report that was made public by the government on Sunday evening.
The body of 13-year-old Panta of Bhimduttanagr Municipality in Kanchanpur district was found in raped and murdered condition on July 27 at Bhimduttangar Municipality-18 near Nimbukheda of the district. But no culprit of the crime has been arrested till date.
The government had already suspended five police officials, including the then District in-charge and Superintendent of Police (SP) of Kanchanpur, Dilli Raj Bista.

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