Minister directs to intensify search as whereabouts of Ghimire brothers unknown

CHITWAN: Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ramesh Lekhak on Monday directed authorities in Chitwan district to expedite the search for former minister Madhav Ghimire and his two brothers, who are missing since a fatal jeep accident on Sunday.

Minister Lekhak visited the incident site in Ghoptebhir of Darechok in the district today and directed Chief District Officer Binod Prakash Singh and District Police Office Chief Basanta Bahadur Kunwar among others to use every possible human resource and equipment for the search.

"Use whatever you need to use in terms of human resources and equipment," he said, "But, the missing should be found out at the earliest."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal assured that the government would call professional rescue divers from Bangladesh to accelerate the search operation.

During the inspection visit, Minister Lekhak had telephoned PM Dahal to brief the latter of the situation in the incident site and Dahal in response said he would take diplomatic initiatives to call the divers, who are skilled in finding missing persons and vehicles in water, from Bangladesh.

Dahal also assured that he would immediately hold discussions with all security bodies to speed-up the search.

Earlier, Chitwan CDO Singh had told the Minister that lack of skilled human resources and technology had affected the search operation.

Currently, three boats and a raft have been used for the search. Personnel from Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force have been mobilised.