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More than 20 houses gutted in Jhapa fire

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JHAPA — More than 20 houses were reduced to ashes when a fire broke out at Beldangi-2 of Jhapa on Monday night. However, no human casualties have been reported.

The fire that started from the house of Madan Rijal and quickly spread to other houses, police said.

The cause behind the fire was electric short circuit. Police said that the details of property gutted in the fire are yet to be established.

The fire was taken under control with the help of police personnel and locals backed by fire engines, Assistant Sub-Inspector Chandra Dahal said.

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2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house

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DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.

The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.

It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.

Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.

Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.

Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.

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