Print Edition - 2014-10-16 | Nation
Kin of road accident victims stage protest
Oct 15, 2014-
The relatives of the victims killed in Babarmahal road accident two days ago staged a protest in the Capital on Wednesday demanding stern action against the driver of the bus that killed three people and injured eight others. They claimed reckless driving was the main cause of the fatal accident.
The bus had keeled over, crushing four motorcycles opposite the Kathmandu District Court at Babarmahal on Monday evening. Among the deceased, Rudra Prasad Gautam and Tilak Prasad Gautam, from Bardibas-8 of Mahottari district, belonged to the same family while Makdul Miya Thakurayan hailed from Bara. The relatives had first refused to receive the bodies of the deceased individuals. They relented after the police and the representatives of the Federation of Nepali National Transport Entrepreneurs assured proper compensation and stern action against the guilty.
Preliminary investigation has found that the accident occurred due to over-speeding and violation of lane discipline along the road. Police said that bus driver Chandra Bahadur Tamang has admitted that he had violated lane discipline while attempting to overtake vehicles plying the route.
Tamang, who along with his helper was on the run following the accident, surrendered to police on Tuesday morning. He, however, claimed that the bus lost control while trying to avoid collision with a motorbike, which had suddenly appeared from the Office of the Nepal Oil Corporation, Babarmahal.
Police also suspect that the bus helper might have been driving the vehicle during the time of the accident, which could be the cause of the accident. “We will take the bus driver to the injured passengers and ask them to ascertain whether he indeed was the one driving the vehicle. This way we will know who was actually behind the wheels,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police Keshab Adhikari.
DIG Adhikari further said that drivers of public passenger buses are prone to speeding and rash driving to reach their destinations so that they can get more passengers, which sometimes lead to tragic accidents.
Police at the Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka have been assigned to conduct a thorough investigation into the case. DSP Dinesh Acharya, Spokesperson of the Range said they will soon assign technicians to inspect the condition of the vehicle, including detailed examination of the brakes and steering wheel.
Published: 16-10-2014 09:27