Rhino poacher held

KATHMANDU: A rhino poacher, Chhunuram Mahato alias Hiralal, was arrested on Thursday night in Chitwan, according to a wildlife organisation. Issuing a press release, the Wildlife Conservation Nepal stated that ranger of the Chitwan National Park Sujan Maharjan arrested Mahato, a resident of Chitwan district, Dibyanagar VCD-3. Mahato had been accused of killing a one-horned rhino on 2062/06/12. The release also added that the WCN field unit helped arrest Mahato. — HNS

Police post torched

RAJBIRAJ: A gang burnt down a police beat at Tetarigachhi of Rajbiraj-9 on Friday. The gang had come to stage a demonstration here over the death of a youth of Inaruwa (Saptari) — Bhagawati Mandal, a resident of Inaruwa-1 — in a road accident on Thursday night, the Saptari district police office (DPO) said. The gang members were from Hanumannagar, Bavanagar, Inaruwa and Joginiya VDCs, said police. — HNS

Cricket ball kills boy

RAJBIRAJ: A boy, who was playing cricket, died after being hit by a cricket ball on Friday. Twelve-year-old Rupesh Kumar Das, son of Durga Lal Das of Rajbiraj-5, fainted when the cricket ball hit him on the head while he was playing cricket outside his house. Rupesh was rushed to the Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital after the incident, but was declared dead on arrival. — HNS

Call to punish killers

KATHMANDU: The Human Rights Monitoring Coordination Committee (HRMCC) has urged the government to take action against the killers of Bhurdi Devi Pal of Chimadi VDC.

The committee had carried out an on-the-spot investigation into the case. According to the committee, Pal was subjected to torture and hanged to death in Sunsari two weeks ago. Releasing its report on the investigation and inspection, the committee asked the government to prosecute the guilty. — HNS

Maoists kidnap one

KATHMANDU: Maoist cadres on Thursday kidnapped Tej Prakash Pokharel alias Prakash Kharel, of Jhapa, from Orleance Cafe at Thamel. “They kidnapped my elder brother, a royalist, from Thamel on Thursday. We have no information on whereabouts of my brother,” Pushpa Raj Pokharel said in a press release. Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission has stated that its attention has been drawn towards the abduction of Kharel and sought his immediate release. — HNS

Drivers killed

NARAYANGADH: Two drivers were killed on Thursday night when two vehicles they were driving collided head-on at Darechowk VDC in Chitwan district on the Prithvi Highway. A truck (Na 2 Kha 8283) bound for Narayangarh from Kathmandu and a jeep (Ba 5 Kha 2891) heading towards Kathmandu met with the accident, killing drivers of the both vehicles, said the Chitwan District Police Office. The deceased have been identified as truck driver Abhilas Lama of Bhainse VDC in Makawanpur and jeep driver Bhishma Lama of Kakani VDC, Nuwakot, police said. — HNS

Expert’s visit

ITAHARI: The US conflict expert Hayidar Meri Roger visited Bhutanese Refugee Camp in Sanischere of Pathari, Morang, on Friday. Roger, who is on a visit to Nepal, met 25 Bhutanese refugees and took information about the hard time they experienced in Bhutan. Roger recommended it would be better for Bhutanese refugees to go to the United States for resettlement. — RSS

Child dies in mishap

DANG: A six-year-old boy was killed after a truck heading towards Butwal from Ghorahi hit him at Bijauri of Sisahaniya-6 on Mahendra Highway on Friday. Rupesh Chaudhari, a resident of Bijauri of Sisahaniya-6, who was seriously injured after the truck hit him, died on way to the health post at Sisahaniya, police said. Locals, demanding compensation of Rs 400,000 to the victim’s kin, disrupted traffic on Mahendra Highway. — HNS

Terai unrest flayed

JHAPA: Denouncing elements involved in triggering unrest in the Terai, 11 organisations of indigenous communities, including the Nepal Indigenous Communities, the Tharu Welfare Council, Marwari Sewa Samittee, Jhapa Chamber of Commerce, Nepal Dalit Sangh, Nepal Indigenous Society, Nepal Terai Mul Majhi Kalyan Samittee, Jhapali Muslim Samaj, have appealed to all to maintain social harmony. The organisations issued an appeal at the joint meeting of those organisations held in Birtamod on Friday. — HNS