5 feared drowned

Pokhara, July 11:

Hopes of finding five persons — three of a family and their two relatives — who were thrown into the Trishuli River when their car skidded off the road and hurtled into the river last evening near Kurintar on the Mugling-Kathmandu section of Prithivi highway are fading fast. Their kith and kin have gone into ashes and sackcloth mode.

Seventy-six-year-old Tejmaya Baidya wept inconsolably saying she got the news of the tragedy only this morning. Her son Saroj, daughter-in-law Sunita and grandson Shashwat along with relatives Kalpana Shrestha and Pritha Shrestha were going to Kathmandu.

Shashwat was supposed to take admission in an American college soon.

Tejmaya’s 77-year-old husband Krishna Kumar Baidya is vacillating between a coma-like state and utter shock.

The car belonged to the Baidyas. Their home is in Chipledhunga of Pokhara sub-metropolis ward number 4 while Kalpana and Pritha Shrestha’s home is at Mahendrapul. Since last night, over four dozen businessmen, locals and relatives of the missing five are keeping vigil at the mishap spot. Saroj’s elder son Suknil Baidya is studying in Australia.

Bereaved pharmacist Indu Shrestha said his wife Kalpana went with the Baidyas as she had to take their daughter Pritha to Kathmandu where she was scheduled to appear in the entrance exam for admission to Budhanilkantha College.