Trishuli bus plunge leaves Saptari in grief

Rajbiraj, October 29

Aggrieved Madan Jha of Boriya in Rajbiraj Municipality-16 collapsed after the bodies of his son, daughter, sister-in-law, and grandson were brought home today.

Eight members of Jha’s family were killed when the bus they were travelling in plunged into the Trishuli River in Dhading yesterday morning.

Jha’s son Aditya, daughters Simi and Puja, sister-in-law Chandrawati, son-in-law Sanjit of Tilathi, Sanjit’s brother Manjit, Jha’s grandsons Abinabh and Pratik were killed in the accident.

Likewise, Tilathi was in no less pain as the bodies of five members of a family were brought to the village today.

Ramanath Jha, 80, who lost two sons, two granddaughters, and daughter-in-law to the accident, passed out for a moment, and has remained inconsolably in grief.

As many as 27 people from Saptari district were killed in the accident. So far, the bodies of 24 victims have been brought to the district and handed over to the respective bereaved families. The deceased hailed from Rajbiraj, Bodhe Basain municipalities and Tilathi Rural Municipality of the district.

Quoting Dhading police, Saptari Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said a search was under way for Puja Jha, five-year-old Pratik, and driver Santosh Chaudhary, who have gone missing in the Trishuli River.

Most local levels, including Rajbiraj Municipality and educational institutions in the district were closed down to mourn the deaths of the district dwellers.

Major marketplaces and bazaars wore a deserted looks across the district.

The bodies of Raj Kapur Yadav and Uday Mandal of Golbazar Municipality in Siraha were cremated today. Yadav was a mahasamiti member of Nepali Congress while Mandal was Nepal Tarun Dal’s regional president.