BAJHANG, Nov 5: The dead bodies of four construction workers, who were found trapped in an under-construction tunnel of 65-megawatt Kalanga Hydropower Project situated at Bungal Municipality-1 of Bajhang district, were recovered by a team of Armed Police Force.
The team led by APF Inspector Bhabaraj Katuwal from the Kurintar-based Nepal Disaster Management Training School recovered the mortal remains of the three construction laborers on Monday evening and one construction laborer on Tuesday afternoon.
On Sunday, four of them were trapped in the tunnel since 3 pm. The rescuing authorities found them dead in the tunnel on Monday.
The deceased have been identified as Karna Bahadur Shahi and Mahendra Shahi of Dailekh district, Mahendra Saud of Achham district, and Sher Bahadur Dhami of Bajhang district, according to Amar Bhandari, sub-inspector at the Area Police Office, Bungal. The laborers had entered the tunnel on a jeep.
A technical team had tried to rescue the laborers on Sunday, but the team couldn't carry the rescue operation due to suffocation.
On Monday, a team of Armed Police Force went for the rescue using a chopper, but found the dead bodies of all four laborers, according to District Police Officer (DPO), Bajhang.
According to the DPO, the laborers died of suffocation. The tunnel of Kalanga Hydropower Project is 1,400 meters long, and the laborers died of suffocation, Birendra Bahadur Malla, promoter of the project, said.