Mishap death spurs traffic disruption

Birgunj, August 18:

Locals today obstructed traffic at Laxmanchowk after a bus knocked a rickshaw-puller to death this morning.

A passenger bus heading Birgunj from Kalaiya hit rickshaw-puller Durga Bhattarai, 40, who died at 11.30 am while undergoing treatment in Narayani sub-regional hospital, said police inspector Kiran Jung Thapa.

Locals blocked traffic on the Laxmanwa until 2.00 pm. Inspector Thapa said police seized the bus but the driver managed to escape.

Meanwhile, motorcyclist Ramesh Mahato, 28 of Vishrampur VDC in Parsa district was severely injured when a cargo truck hit him near the dry port at Khalbatola in Sirsiya.

Mahato is undergoing treatment at Narayani sub-regional hospital. Irate locals staged a chakkajam and damaged the windshields of several trucks.

Tension mounted in the area after youth from Kholbatola tried to force the agitators to lift the chakkajam.