DAMAULI, Jan 15: The entire Bandipur village in Tanahun district has been wallowing in sorrow after losing six people from the same village to a road accident on Friday evening.
Bandipur Rural Municipality Chairperson Puran Singh Thapa said that the entire village is deeply saddened by the untimely demise of six persons on the eve of Maghe Sankranti that is observed on the first day of Nepali month of Magh.
The road accident occurred when a jeep (Ga 1 Ja 6555) fell around 100 meters off the road at Dharampani of Bandipur Rural Municipality-6 in Tanahu. A Dharampani-bound jeep was coming from Sarangghat in the district. Four persons died on the spot while two others succumbed to injuries during treatment, police said.
Those killed in the road accidents were from Bokse and Hatiya village in the district. Rural Municipality Chairman Thapa said the accident that took place during the festival had immersed the entire rural municipality into tears.
The driver of the jeep is absconded following the accident. Police are on a manhunt for the driver.
Meanwhile, eight injured passengers were sent to Bharatpur on Friday night for further treatment, according to Thapa. People's representatives, security personnel and locals had coordinated efforts for the rescue of the injured.
Santa Bahadur Gurung, Ward Chairman of Bandipur Rural Municipality Ward Number 6, shared that among the deceased, one was a couple while a mother-son duo died in the accident.
Four dead bodies were retrieved from the accident site while two others breathed their last during the treatment, added Gurung.
The deceased were Hari Neupane, 53, of Bandipur Rural Municipality-6 and 48-year-old Sushiladevi Neupane, Roshan Gurung, 24, and Bim Maya Gurung, 50, nine-month-old Aarubi Thapa and 48-year-old Santa Bahadur Gurung, police said.
Those injured in the accident were Jamuna Thapa, 21, Mamkuli Gurung, 48, Kumari Gurung, 22, Sanisha Thapa,16.
A seven-month-old Bibisha Thapa, Kumar Thapa,18, Dan Bahadur Thapa, 20, and Bipin Thapa, 21, were also injured in the accident.