– Narayan Dhungana
A woman in Sitapaila on Thursday late evening was subjected to an acid attack. Police was successful in arresting the alleged perpetrators in the crime within the three hours of the attack.
Police had at 9:00 pm identified the accused in the crime took place at 7:55 pm and arrested them at 10:45 pm. According to Metropolitan Police Range chief Senior Superintendent of Police Shyam Lal Gyawali, phone call details and the CCTV footage helped the police identify the accused on time.
The people detained on the charge of their involvement in the crime are Mohammed Alam from Laxmipur-4, Rautahat and his aide Indian national Faiyaj Alam. Both of them are temporary residents of Dallu, Kathmandu.
Mohammed owns garment factory in Kathmandu while Faiyaj is a worker at the same factory. A police squad led by Superintendent of Police of Metropolitan Crime Division’s Hobindra Bogati took them under control two from the factory.
At a press meet today, police said the accused have admitted to the crime during preliminary interrogation. The prime accused Mohammed said the woman did not act as his interest which prompted him to throw acid on her.
The survivor who was critically injured in the attack is being treated at the Kirtipur Hospital. The chemical has caused its effects on different parts of woman’s body. It was Faiyaj who was instructed by Mohammed to attack the woman. It is said she was preparing for her wedding and it was not tolerable for Mohammed.
They came to knew each other when the woman’s elder sister would work at the same garment. She had also worked there for a brief time before joining the Hotel Hyatt.
The crime was pre-determined and Mohammed called her many times under different pretexts. After his much pressure, she became ready to meet him at the place suggested by him. They spent some time chatting at a hotel. When the woman was on the way back to her room, Faiyaj who was hiding himself along the way, attacked her with acid.
Further investigation into the incident is going on, it is said. \
Public health experts urge people not to come out from home except for essential work
Public health experts have suggested the people not to come out except for essentials work as there is still the risk of COVID-19 infection.
The specialists suggested the general people not to come out from home, saying there is still risk of coronavirus infection as COVID-19 infection has spread in community-level in India and Nepal has also lifted lockdown.
Joint-Spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, urged the people to adopt precaution as risk of coronavirus infection has increased with the end of lockdown.
He asked people to come out from house only after adopting health criteria prepared by COVID-19 if there is urgent.
Dr Adhikari urged people to use mask, sanitizer and maintain social distance while coming out from home. The government had ended the four-month long lockdown from July 21 midnight.
Similarly, Executive Director at the Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Dr Sagar Rajbhandari, shared there is risk of coronavirus infection as people have started returning from abroad as well as people, went in their home town during lockdown, have started returning in Kathmandu Valley.
Dr Rajbhandari added one should not go in crowd and gathering to protect himself/herself from coronavirus infection.
He also urged one and all to use mask, sanitizer and maintain social distance.
The World Hindu Federation (WHF) has called on the government to make arrangements for opening the temples and shrines, the centres of faith of the Vedic Sanatan Hindu followers, by maintaining social distance. In a press release issued today, WHF president Ram Chandra Adhikari and general secretary Ganesh Prasad Neupane called for opening the places of worship as offering puja and worship as well as obeisance motivated a person to follow the path of righteousness from the bad path and also with all the sectors opening after the lifting of the lockdown. The WHF president said Federation is surprised with the closure of religious places as temples and shrines, monasteries, stupas (Buddhist temples) and others even when all sectors have been opened. It also drew the attention of the government on the need of analyzing the status of the coronavirus infection in the country between March 24, when the lockdown was imposed and the present. The Federation expressed its objections saying the government has not thought of the possibility of opening the temples and shrines by maintaining physical distance. Although the government had not formally opened the temples and shrines and places of worship, a large number of devotees had thronged the temples and shrines dedicated to Hindu god Shiva, including the Pashupatinath temple, on the first Monday of the month of Saun. WHF also demanded that the government make public the facts and evidences regarding the statement made by Prime Minister at a programme marking the Bhanu Jayanti (birth anniversary of pioneer poet Bhanu Bhakta Acharya) that the birthplace of the Hindu god Ram is in Nepal.
A person died after being buried by a landslide here last night. The District Police Office, Dhading identified the deceased as Sanu Babu Pantha, 54, of Ranibari of Thakre rural municipality-6. According to DPO’s information officer Deputy Superintendent of Police Rupak Khadka said the landslide fell from over a cowshed buried him to death as he was about to set the buffalo free so as to save the animal from getting hit by the landslide. One buffalo and a goat were also killed in the disaster, according to a local Hari Thapa. With this, the number of losing lives to the landslide-related incidents has reached five.
Damauli-Dumre road section along the Prithvi Highway has been disrupted again. Traffic along the highway remained obstructed again following the vehicles got stuck on the alternative route. The route was constructed to ease the vehicular movement after the highway road went down from its level. Earlier too, the highway traffic was obstructed due to recurring landslides triggered by incessant monsoon rainfall. It took long time to resume traffic operation along the highway following the disruption of road by landslides on 19 and 20 July. The landslides had swept away the sections of highway throwing the vehicular movement into a mess. The vehicles got stuck on the muddy alternative route that resulted in the disruption of road traffic, shared Bandipur-1 ward chair Bhanubhakta Pokharel. It may presumably take six hours to clear the road and resume the traffic, he said.
Palung-Naubise road section obstructed
The Palung-Naubise road section along the Tribhuvan Highway has come to a halt.
Police Inspector of Area Police Office Khanikhola Ruk Bahadur Khadka informed a landslide occurred at Satghumti along the road section since this morning disrupted the road traffic here.
Hundreds of vehicles have been stranded on the road with the traffic disruption.
Vehicular movement through the Tribhuvan Highway became smooth following the disruption of Naubise-Muglin section along the Prithvi Highway and Bhimphedi-Fakhel section linking Kathmandu and Hetauda.
The task of removing landslide debris from the road at Satghumti is currently taking place so the vehicular movement is expected to resume this afternoon, police sources said