65-yr-old man killed

RAUTAHAT: A 65-year-old native of Rampur Khapa VDC-5 was beaten to death by his neighbour Ramekawal Shah on Saturday, police said, identifying the dead as Sukadev Das Tatma. Shah beat Tatma following a dispute in Khapa VDC. Kapildev, son of Tatma, was also hurt in the incident. He has been rushed to Motihari of India for treatment. Police have arrested Chandreshwor Shah for involvement in the incident while the other accused Hajari Shah, Jagarnath Shah and Ramekawal Shah have fled, said police sub-inspector Ramesh Thapa. The body of Tatma has been taken to Gaur hospital for post-mortem. — HNS

Four houses looted

KAPILVASTU: An armed group of dacoits looted cash and property worth lakhs of rupees from Jahadi and Gangari Gotihawa of Jahadi VDC-2 here on Friday night, police said. Sub-inspector Kuber Kathayat said that dacoits have looted Rs 150,000, a digital camera and five tolas of gold from the houses of Meg Bahadur Thapa and Pritam Thapa of Jahadi. Dacoits also looted Rs two lakh and property from the houses of Jabaram Baraha and Rahatu Bai of Gangari. — HNS

5 arrested in Rajbiraj

RAJBIRAJ: Police held five persons on the charge of collecting tax illegally from Koshi Barrage-based Tax Collection Centre on Friday evening. A team of police from the Kanchanpur Area Police Office arrested Dipesh Yadav, Raj Kumar Raut, Raja Yadav, Bishnudev Yadav and Dipendra Yadav, police said. They were arrested for collecting taxes in different headings, breaking the rules as set by the District Development Committee, police said. “They were held at the order of the District Police Office,” DSP Krishna Bahadur Shrestha said. — HNS

Sushil slams Maoists

GORKHA: Nepali Congress acting president Sushil Koirala on Saturday said the CA polls were not held due to the Maoists as they acted against the 12-point understanding, interim constitution and rule of law. Speaking at a meeting organised by the party office here, Koirala said anti-democratic forces, fearing the CA polls, have continued attack on the democracy. On the occasion, NC district leaders said Maoists cadres have continued donation, extortion and threats. — RSS

Land encroachment

KANCHANPUR: Land encroachers have made around 1,000 huts in an area at Dhakka which belongs to the Shukla Phanta Wild Life Reserve. Though the local administration and political leader have been asking them to vacate the Reserve’s area, but nobody the huts are yet to be removed. Meanwhile, it is said the reserve is preparing to launch an elephant patrolling along with mobile army team to remove the huts. — RSS

Three held with arms

MAHOTTARAI: Police arrested three persons along with weapons from Bhramarapura and Ratauli VDCs of Mahottari on Friday. Habib Raain and Yakub Raain of Bhramarapura-6 and Pramod Yadav of Ratauli-6 were held along with two guns, three pistols and eight rounds of bullet after their houses were raided. Meanwhile, police said they held Chhedi Sada of Bhramarapura-1on the charge of being a cadre of Samyukta Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha. — HNS

Boar attacks two

ITAHARI: Two persons were injured seriously when a wild boar attacked them at Partitole in Itahari on Saturday. Tiliya Kumari Sardar and her son Niraj Sardar were attacked by the boar that came out of the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve while they were carrying hay to their home at 2:00 pm, said a social activist, Rabin Ghimire. — HNS

Maoist leader held

POKHARA: Police held Maoist Kaski district member Dilip Bikram Shahi on Friday from Malepatan of Pokhara on the charge of thrashing five activists of the Nepal Students’ Union at the Forestry Campus recently. — HNS

NC cadre freed

KAPILVASTU: The Joint Tarai Janatantrik Morcha released Nepali Congress activist Madhav Belbase on Saturday, police inspector at the Krishna Nagar area police office Madhav Nepal said. Cadres of the Morcha had left Belbase in Sishawa village and he has come into contact with police, Nepal said. — HNS

11-yr-old hurt in blast

SIRAHA: Punita Mukhiya, a 11-year-old girl, of Bastipur-4 in Siraha district was injured on Saturday when a stray bomb she was playing with went off. — HNS