Indian tourists killed in car-bus collision in Nepal
Four Indian tourists were among five people who were killed after their car collided head-on with a bus in Nepal's Dhading district, the police said on Monday.
The accident occurred on Sunday night along the Prithvi Highway in the Thakre area, police said.
The four Indian nationals were returning to Kathmandu after visiting Pokhara, a scenic city some 200 km from Kathmandu. The deceased have been identified as Bimalchandra Agrawal, 40, Sadhana Agrawal, 35, Sandhya Agrawal, 40, Rakesh Agrawal, 55, from Uttar Pradesh. They died while undergoing treatment in a local hospital.
The Nepalese driver of the car Dil Bahadur Basnet, 36, of Khaireni in Tanhu district, was also killed in the accident, according to the police.
The bus was heading towards Dhading from Kathmandu.
Road accidents are very common in Nepal. The country is mostly covered with mountains and most roads are narrow. Bus accidents in the country are generally blamed on poor roads.
Families, friends grieve loss of UP couples
Grief-stricken families of the two couples from Aligarh and Kasganj districts who were killed a road crash in Nepal on Sunday are struggling to come to terms with their loss.
Rakesh Agarwal and his wife Sadhna Agarwal, residents of Aligarh, and their relatives, Vimal Agarwal and his wife Sandhya Agarwal of Kasganj, were killed when their taxi collided head-on with a bus on Prithvi Highway in Nepal's Dhading district. Rakesh Agarwal and Sadhna Agarwal lived in Jiaganj locality in the old city area where he also owned a shop. They were on their way from Pokhara to Kathmandu when the accident occurred.
Family members said they were scheduled to return to Delhi by air on Monday.
Hearing the news of the tragedy, friends and acquaintances of the deceased couple reached their residence to offer condolences, while their two sons have rushed to Nepal to bring back their mortal remains. Meanwhile, Vimal Agarwal and Sandhya Agarwal, residents of Amapur Nagar town of Kasganj, were closely related to Rakesh Agarwal and had gone to Nepal with him and his wife.