CHITWAN, June 24: A total of 19 persons went missing in the Trishuli River in the Chitwan section during the last one year. They disappeared in the river after their vehicles plunged into it over different times.
The 36 kilometre distance along the Narayanghat-Mugling stretch and 20 kilometre from Mugling to Mauwakhola along the Pritvhi Highway falls in the Chitwan district.
It is said that either the drivers or passengers die or go missing after the vehicles fall into the river. According to the District Traffic Police Office, Chitwan, altogether 27 serious accidents took place in the year along this section. These incidents claimed the lives of 44 persons while injuring 91 others.
The number of missing people is very high in the review period compared to the previous year. The Office shared that only three accidents took place in the previous fiscal year, killing two persons and injuring 13 others.
The Office said that seven persons died in seven road accidents in the fiscal year 2-71/072 while three had gone missing.
During this fiscal year, former Home Minister Madhav Ghimire and next one travelling in a jeep went missing after the incident.
Chief of the District Traffic Police Office, Chitwan, Santosh Panta, said that the road accidents increased much in this fiscal year as the mountains along the road stretch have shaken while widening the road which had already been enfeebled by the Gorkha Earthquake.
He, however, admitted that the drivers were not cautioned despite the poor engineering of the roads.
Likewise, Superintendent of Police, Chitwan, Dipak Thapa, said that the number of road accidents increased this year due to sorry state of roads and carelessness of the drivers too. RSS