Nine injured as two groups pelt stones at each other during Biska Jatra
April 19, 2019 10:53 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, April 19: Nine people were injured after two groups of revellers clashed while pulling Bhairav’s chariot as a part of the Biska Jatra at Bashgopal area of Bhaktapur on Thursday night.
The incident occurred after the residents of two neighbourhoods started pelting stones at each other at around 12 on Thursday night.
Maila Duwal, aged 38, Rojesh Shilakar aged 23, Ashish Shilakar aged 22, Umesh Kumar aged 17, Bikas Tamang aged 23, Manish Kasula aged 18, and Rimesh Shahi aged 18 were injured in the incident, according to Bhaktapur District Police Office. Punya Ram Sitikhu was injured after falling off the chariot. The injured who were taken to District Hospital, Bhaktapur have been discharged today morning.
The clash erupted on the last day of popular Biska Jatra after devotees from upper and lower quarters of the city started pulling the Bhairav's chariot at 5 pm on Thursday from Ga Hiti area. The two sides started pelting at each other when the chariot hit a local house at Bashgopal area in Bhaktapur. Clashes are common in this festival which is commonly known as Bisket Jatra.