Trishuli bus plunge – death toll reaches 30, identities of 20 ascertained

Malekhu, Oct 28 (RSS)- The death toll from the Trishuli River bus plunge in Dhading early this morning has reached 30. Among the dead, identities of 20 have been ascertained.
According to the Dhading Police, until this evening, 20 victims have been identified. They are Sisipi Kumari Jha, 35, of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality-6, Ranjit Kumar Jha, of ward no. 3 of the same rural municipality and Anjit Kumar Jha, 33, of ward no. 1.
Likewise six-year-old Aditya Yadav of Bodebarsain Rural Municipality-2, Chandrarekha Pranami of ward no. 3 of the same rural municipality, Ramanand Yadav, Parbati Yadav, 25, and three-year-old Sushan Chaudhary of Nereya, Saptari are among those killed in the accident.
Bus helper Naresh Mukhiya of Deurimaruwa, Chandrawati Jha, 74, Rajbiraj Municipality, Raj Kumar Yadav, 50, of Golbazar-8, Siraha and Mamatadevi Thakur of Madhuwani, India who lost their lives to the accident have been identified, as stated by Area Police Office Gajuri’s police inspector Barun Singh.

The other indentified deceased are Sudhira Yadav, 28, of Krishnabasaran Rural Municipality-4, five-year-old Sadiksha Yadav of the same locality, Surendra Chaudhary of Basej, Aski Kumari Yadav of Bodebarsaine Rural Municipality-2, Rhishi Anandadev of Rajbiraj Municipality-13, Uday Mandal, 30, of Siraha, Pramod Isar of Mahadeva Rural Municipality-9, and Aditya Jha, 20, of Rajbiraj Municipality-14. Police are trying to ascertain the identities of remaining 10.

The bus ( Na 6 Kha 1467) en route to Kathmandu from Rajbiraj of Saptari had gone missing in the Trishuli River after falling from the turning point at Ghatbesi in Gajuri Rural Municipality along the Prithvi Highway in Dhading at 5:00 am this morning. Later, 15 were rescued alive and among the injured, Durganand Chaudhary and Abhishek Chaudhary of Rajbiraj-6 were flown to Kathmandu and they are being treated at the Trauma Centre while others are receiving treatment at the Gajuri Hospital.
Over-speed is blamed for the fatal accident of the overcrowded bus. Passengers were finding it difficult to fix themselves in the seat due to over-speed, as reported by injured Manoj Kumar Thakur.
The Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, Nepal Army, locals and the Nepal Red Cross Society have been mobilised for the rescue efforts.

President extends sorrow over demise of many lives in Dhading bus accident

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended sorrow over the demise of many people in the bus plunge into the Trishuli River at Ghatbesi of Gajuri-6 in Dhading along the Prithvi Highway early this morning.
The President, extending heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, wished for speedy recovery of the injured, the Office of the President said in a press statement today.
President Bhandari has drawn the attention of authorities concerned towards finding out the status of those missing in the accident as soon as possible and thanked the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, Nepal Red Cross Society and the locals for their involvement in the rescue and search efforts.
At least 30 people were killed and 15 were rescued alive following the plunge of a passenger bus (Na 6 Kha 1467) into the Trishuli River at around 5:00 am today. The bus was en route to Kathmandu from Rajbiraj, the district headquarters of Saptari.

Govt forms three-member probe committee

The government has formed a three-member committee under the coordination of Home Ministry’s joint secretary Man Bahadur BK to carry out investigations into the accident in which a bus plunged into the Trishuli River in Dhading this morning.

The other two members on the committee are the senior superintendents of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, according to Home Ministry’s spokesperson Narayan Prasad Sharma Duwadi.
The Ministry has wished for the eternal peace to the departed souls and speedy recovery to those injured in the accident.
Passengers and all the authorities concerned have been urged to take awareness from their respective behalf and pay proper attention to the traffic management.
A passenger bus (Na 6 Kha 1467) en route to Kathmandu from Rajbiraj, Saptari veered off the road and plunged into the river some 35 meters down from the road after the driver lost control over it at Bangemode of Gajuri Rural Municipality- 5 early this morning.
The Ministry said that it was last updated that 30 people died on the spot and 16 were hurt in the accident.
Among the severely injured, two have been admitted to the Trauma Centre while others are undergoing treatment at a Gajuri-based hospital. The Ministry stated that the local administration has been instructed to make all necessary measures to make search and rescue efforts effective and arrangements for ensuring appropriate medical treatment of the injured.


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