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Trishuli Bus plunge : Death toll reaches 31, govt forms probe committee

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DHADING — Death toll in Dhading bus accident has reached 31, according to SP Dhrubaraj Raut, Chief at the District Police Office, Dhading while authorities said the toll could rise further.

The incident took place when the ill-fated bus, Na 6 Kha 1467, belonging to Santosh Travels, heading towards Kathmandu from Rajbiraj plunged into the Trishuli River at Ghatbesi in Dhading district at around 5 am on Saturday.

Police have recovered 20 bodies from the river, out of which 12 bodies have been identified while identities of remaining bodies are yet to be ascertained.

They are identified as Sishi Kumari Jha,  Chandrarekha, Chandrawati Jha, Manjit Kumar Jha, Raj Kumar Yadav, Naresh Mukhiya,Parwati Chaudhary, Aditya Yadav, Ramananda Yadav,Ranjit Kumar Jha, Sushant Chaudhary and Indian national Mamata Devi Thakur.

Police along with the locals have begun the rescue operation but as the bus is still inside the river, they see a very slim chance that the trapped passengers could be rescued alive.

Among the severely injured, two have been admitted to the Trauma Centre while others are undergoing treatment at a Gajuri-based hospital.

Meanwhile, 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.

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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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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