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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Slaughter of 12 Nepali civilians continues to create ripples

[b]Slaughter of 12 Nepali civilians continues to create ripples[/b]

[b]Colombo, 19 December, ([/b] Four days after a Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) soldier killed 12 civilians at a religious fair in the tourist area of Nagarkot, 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu, riots continue in some parts of the country while disturbing information about the killings continue to pour in.

In Chitwan, angry youth clashed with police Sunday and blocked the highway. vehicles leaving Kathmandu or coming to Kathmandu have been held up owing to the blockage. Police fired dozens of teargas shells to control rioters in Chitwan.

While the committees formed by the government and the RNA are yet to make their reports public, insider information collected by the Asian Tribune points out that soldier Basudev Thapa, who killed the twelve civilians in a shooting rage in the midnight of December 14, was later shot by his own colleague.

Eyewitnesses interviewed by the Asian Tribune say that Thapa collapsed while he was still shooting at the religious revelers.

Thapa had joined the celebration at 9:30 p.m. last Wednesday along with several of his colleagues. There was a long-standing animosity between Thapa and locals boys. Thapa picked up a quarrel and attacked a local with a knife. Locals retaliated and beat him up. Thapa left the place severely bruised and came back at 11:30 p.m., armed. He fired indiscriminately, killing twelve and injuring 19 others.

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