50 still missing after Dhading bus mishap

Dhading, March 8:

The whereabouts of over 50 passengers who went missing after a passenger bus fell into Trishuli River from Jogimara of Dhading along Prithvi Highway yesterday was still unknown till late this evening.

A bus belonging to Tilanga Transport that was headed for Kathmandu from Kakadvitta had fallen into the Trishuli River at Jogimara VDC of Dhading yesterday. The number of passengers in the bus was believed to be 60, but the exact number has not been confirmed.

The bodies of five killed in the accident were recovered yesterday, while six persons were rescued alive from the river. Among those killed are 34-year-old Laxmi Giri of Haldibari-7, Jhapa, 27-year-old Dinesh Shrestha of Amlekhgunj-8, Bara, 55-year-old Kush Bahadur Dulal of Thulo Sirubari-5, Sindhuplachowk, 71-year-old Shanti Shah of Darjeeling and 36-year-old Sushil Bansal of Jalpaigudi, West Bengal.

According to commander of Jogimara Company of the RNA, Ganesh Bhandari, those who were rescued alive were Ganga Khadka, Pragya Gartaula, Pawan Lama, bus driver Nawa Raj KC, conductor Ram Bahadur Rokka and Bhagirath Sharma Bhusal of Himanchal Pradesh, India.

Hikmat Khadka and two other persons of Damak, Jhapa, another bus driver Krishna Bahadur Moktan, Bijay Rai, Kunti Basnet, Anil Thapa, Ratan Agarwal, Uttam Gartaula, Karsa Lama, two persons from Kathmandu, one Birendra, Indian national Jeewan Pal, Rabindra Khawas of Birtamod, Sushil of Dhulabari, Kalpana Khadka and Krishna Bahadur Dulal of Sindhupalchowk, Lok Man and Nidam Khan of Mumbai, India, Poonam Shah and two persons of Darjeeling, India, Choyemi Kimi, Shyam Agarwal and Bijay Limbu are among those missing.