Bheri bus plunge toll reaches five

- Bhim Bahadur Singh, Jajarkot

Nov 22, 2014-

With rescue operations entering its third day, the death toll of the Bheri bus plunge that took place three days ago has reached five. The toll had risen after a team of deep divers recovered the bodies of Dalu Prasad Jaisi and Giriraj Rokaya of Dandagaun-4 and Dandagaun-7 in the district, respectively.

As of Saturday, some 52 people remain missing following the passenger bus accident that killed three people and injured scores after falling some 80 metres off the road into the river at Bhur VDC.

Stating that they had had trouble recovering the bodies crushed under the bus, diver Sujan Thapa from Pokhara said that it was hard to ascertain whether there are any bodies inside the bus. And while rescuers have not been able to make any headway on this matter, the number of people missing following the accident has been on the rise.

Meanwhile, over 200 family members of the victims from Dandagaun-7 and Chabelchaur have gathered at the accident site since three days, said local Mahendra Budha. According to Budha, the family members and relatives gathered at the site are having a hard time managing food and accommodation for themselves. Rescue personnel from Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, locals including half a dozen divers from Pokhara and Chisapani in Karnali have kept the rescue operations going.

Locals also said the relatives of the missing have been irked at the concerned authorities and have started giving up hope. In another report, the family members  of those killed in a jeep accident in Khotang on Friday have said they will not receive the bodies unless properly compensated. Apart from proper compensation, they also demanded severe punishment for the jeep driver and his assistance. Five people had died and nine others injured when the jeep (Me 1 Ja 732) carrying pilgrims on their return trip from Halesi Mahadev on the occasion of Bala Chaturdashi plunged some 200 metres down the road in the wee hours of Friday morning at Durchhim -6 in Khotang.

Published: 23-11-2014 09:33

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