Nepal Brief

53 huts gutted

Pathlaiya: At least 53 huts were burnt down in a fire at the Dudhaurakhola squatters’ settlement area in Simara -9 on Saturday. According

to a victim, Dil Bahadur Bal, the fire destroyed their clothes, grains, utensils and other belongings. The fire also turned dozens of pigs and hens into cinders. According to Police Inspector Kamalesh Bhatt, Area Police Office Simara, no exact detail of

the damage could be reported as

the whole squatters’ settlement

was destroyed in the incident. The fire caused a lot of damage as people had been out of their houses to collect stones and boulders during the incident. Victims complained that the fire destroyed the entire settlement due to the late arrival of fire brigades. Nepal Police, Armed police Force in collaboration with locals

and fire fighters had taken the inferno under control.

Accident claims two

TANAHUN: Two persons were killed when a microbus collided with a motorbike at Satrasaya in Aanbukhaireni on Friday. According to District Police office Tanahun, the deceased have been identified as Thakur Prasad Kandel and Som Prasad Pantha. Dead bodies of the duo have been taken to Damauli Hospital for autopsy. Following the accident, irate locals blocked the Prithvi Highway for three hours. The police, however, cleared the obstruction created by the protesters later on. Prithvi Highway Bus Committee has agreed to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased.

Drug peddler held

NEPALGUNJ: The police have arrested a person along with 1.5 kilogram hashish from Nepalgunj on Saturday. The Jamunah Police seized the hashish from Bijaya Rokaya. The

drug was being smuggled to India concealing it in packets of biscuits. Deputy Superintendent of Police

Raj Kumar Baidawar at the District Police Office informed that police have accelerated the monitoring of the illegal drug’s smuggling in the are in the recent days.

Two killed in mishap

PALPA: Two persons were killed and 11 injured in a road accident at Jhumsapool along Siddhartha Highway on Saturday. According to the District Traffic Police Office, Palpa, a woman died on the spot while a man died while being rushed to Butwal for treatment. According to police, the bus heading for Butwal from Tansen had fallen off the bridge due to brake failure. Fifteen passengers were travelling in the bus when the accident occurred. The identities of the dead are yet to be ascertained.