Bijuli bazaar accident: Injured accuse traffic cops of indifference

Kathmandu, August 6:

Two people, who were injured when a minibus hit their motorcycle in Bijuli bazaar yesterday, today accused the traffic police of not bothering to deliver justice.

Accusing the bus driver of trying to crush the two by driving the bus in reverse gear, an irate mob had torched the bus yesterday.

Talking to this daily today, Surendra Thapa (29) and Ganesh Dhakal (35) said traffic police officers were not listening to their appeals.

Referring to the torching of the bus, Thapa said, “We just fell victims to acts that other people committed. But traffic police officers are not listening to us. They have not returned our motorbike.”

Traffic police had called Thapa and Dhakal for talks today. “They just made us wait at the Ramshahpath-based Metropolitan Police Traffic Division today as if were guilty,” Thapa added.

Thapa said their only demand was fair investigation into the case and punishment for the guilty. Dhakal claimed traffic police officers were not active enough to sort out such cases. “They are subjecting victims to psychological harassment,” he added. However, Bhishma Prasai, SSP at the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, said an investigation into the case was going on.

“On one hand, transporters claim that the bus was set on fire for no apparent reason. On the other, Thapa and Dhakal are demanding compensation, claiming that the driver tried to kill them by driving the vehicle in reverse gear. Our duty is to facilitate a meeting between the two parties and help sort out the case,” he added.

“We have called both the parties for talks on Friday. The case will be handed over to the District Police Office if neither party is satisfied,” Prasai added.