Nirmala’s father denied boarding Buddha flight

DHANGADHI: Preparations to bring Nirmala Panta’s father, Yagya Raj Panta to Kathmandu for mental health screening are underway after he was bumped off a Buddha Air flight, today.

Panta and his wife were stranded at the Dhangadi Airport all evening. He was taken to Seti Zonal Hospital and will be kept at the medical facility until tomorrow, according to Panta’s relative.

It has been learnt that Panta, his wife and two others will travel to Kathmandu on an ambulance tomorrow.

Buddha Air denied boarding Yagya Raj Panta in the flight citing undue risk of harm as Panta has been recently diagnosed as mentally unstable.

“His mental situation suggested risk of harm to other passengers on the flight,” the airlines’ Dhangadi Chief Budhabar Majhi said, “We sensed that he could scold or assault other passengers and had to deny boarding him.”

Panta, the father of 13-year-old Nirmala, who was found raped and murdered on July 26, developed mental health disorder, as grueling hours of sit-in and a volley of questions fired at him everyday regarding the heinous crime left him disturbed.

Yagya Raj had been taking part in an indefinite sit-in in front of the Kanchanpur District Administration Office for the last 14 days, demanding that those who raped and murdered his daughter be nabbed and brought to justice.


Mental illness afflicts Nirmala’s father