DAMAULI, January 15
As many as six persons including a nine-month-old baby were killed while eight others have been injured in an accident in Dharampani, Bandipur Rural Municipality-6 of Tanahun district, on Friday evening.
The jeep (Ga 1 Ja 6555) they were travelling on was en route to Dharampani from Bachchhe when it fell around 100 meters off the road, shared Deputy Superintendent of Police Yubaraj Khadka.
According to DSP Khadka, the spokesperson for the District Police Office, all the deceased are residents of Bandipur-6.
The deceased have been identified as Hari Bahadur Neupane, 53; Roshan Gurung, 24; nine month-old Aarubi Thapa; Sushila Devi Neupane, 48; Santa Bahadur Gurung, 48; Bim Maya Gurung, 50; DSP Khadka informed.
Four of the six died on the spot while two other died while being treated at Bandipur Hospital.
Meanwhile, Jamuna Thapa, 21 (mother of Aarubi Thapa); Mamkuli Thapa, 48; Kumari Gurung, 22; Sanisa Thapa, 16; seven-month-old Bibisha Thapa; Kumar Thapa, 18; Dan Bahadur Thapa, 20; and Bipin Thapa, 21 were injured in the incident. The injured are receiving treatment at Bharatpur Teaching Hospital in Chitwan, Superintendent of Police Rajendra Babu Regmi said.
Police force from Area Police Office Bandipur as well as local residents helped in search of the injured passengers at night.
Regmi further shared that bodies of the deceased have been brought to Damauli Hospital for post-mortem. The driver has fled the scene while further investigation is ongoing, he added.
Carrying passengers more than jeep's capacity is being considered as the primary cause for the accident.
The jeep was apparently ferrying as many as 17 passengers, a number that is clearly above its carrying limit.