DHADING — An unidentified group has set ablaze two stalled container trucks at Chalise of Dhunibeshi municipality–6 of Dhading along the Prithvi highway on Sunday morning.
The two 22–wheel trucks with Indian registration number plates — R J 42 GA 5021 and R J 42 GA 0756 — were set ablaze, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ram Bahadur KC of District Police Office.
The arson attack took place at around 3 am. Four dozers were used to pile mud around the trucks to contain the fire from spreading elsewhere.
The fire was doused after fire engines from Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) arrived two hours later. There were no human casualties in the attack.
The arson attack on two trucks parked at the roadside near a settlement, petrol station and a gas industry spread fear among the local residents.
The fire also snapped an electric wire causing a blackout. Authorities have suspected the Biplav-led CPN to be behind the arson attack. The incident has caused a traffic snarl in the area.
2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident
HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.
Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.
Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.
Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.