Six Indian tourists killed in road mishap

Marsyangdi River

Marsyangdi River (file photo)

Six Indian tourists were killed in a road accident in Tanahun district of western Nepal in the night of December 31.

Five others, including four Indian tourists and the driver, were injured when the ill-fated Mahindra Scorpio skidded off the road and plunged into Marshyangdi River near Chunpahara of Bandipur-6.

The deceased have been identified as Binaya Kumar Tripathi, his wife Kamalabati, daughters Punam and Nilam, Punam’s daughter Neha and son Hemant, according to Police Inspector Rajkumar Silwal of Area Police Office, Dumre. Similarly, Rabi Tripathi, Satendra Dube, Ashi Dube and Aryan Dube and driver Yubaraj Gurung were injured. While Ashi is getting treatment at Neuro Hospital, Kathmandu, Rabi, Satendra and Aryan are undergoing treatment at Laxmi Hospital, Dumre.

All the deceased and injured are from Kolkata.

The Indian tourists were returning to India after completing two-day stay in Pokhara – a popular tourist destination. They had arrived Kathmandu on December 26 and left for Pokhara on December 30. They were scheduled to return to Kolkata via Raxaul on January 1.

Lal Kaji Shrestha, a local, said driver Gurung had called them for help after the accident. The locals and police rescued the deceased by using headlight of a passing truck, according to Shrestha.

Gurung said he lost control of the vehicle in a turning. He is in police custody.

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