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Update: Death toll reaches 23 in Khotang bus accident

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KHOTANG — The death toll reached to 23 when a bus bound to Kathmandu from Khotang plunged approximately 300 meters down the road at Kavrepani Bhir in Khotang on Tuesday morning.

Police Inspector Saroj Rai of the District Police Office, Khotang, said that 31 individuals have been rescued alive.

Injured passengers are being rescued by a joint team of police and locals and sent to a health post in Halesi for treatment, Rai added.

It has been learnt that the number of passengers on board the bus was 28 initially. However, the number increased to 70 when some passengers boarded the bus on their way.

The bus (Ba 2 Kha 6376) had left for Kathmandu at around 5 this morning.

Police has been trying to find the cause behind the accident.

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Over 20,000 drivers taken action through CCTV monitoring

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KATHMANDU— The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has effectively launched monitoring of vehicles plying on the road through close circuit (CC) camera in Kathmandu valley.

Traffic Police are keeping a close watch on drivers to check whether they are following the traffic rules or not.

A total of 20,024 drivers of various vehicles faced action based on such monitoring. The police begun this bid since 2073 BS and it has become effective so far, said SSP Basanta Panta of the Traffic Division.

Most of the cases were related to violation of the traffic lane and driving on ‘one way’ roads, he added.

The police are monitoring the traffic activities through 460 close circuit cameras installed at the Division Office, Ranipokhari.

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