3 Indians killed, 20 people hurt in Nepal bus collision
Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009, 18:26
Kathmandu: Three Indian pilgrims, including a nonagenarian couple from Madhya Pradesh, were killed and 20 others injured when two passenger buses collided on a highway in southern Nepal in the wee hours of the day, police said.

The Indians were returning from a pilgrimage to the holy Hindu shrine Pashupatinath temple of Kathmandu. Among the injured were 16 Indians, the condition of five of whom are serious, and four Nepalese, they said.

The Indian bus was heading to Gorakhpur on Indo-Nepal border on its way to Bhopal when it was hit by another bus coming form opposite direction in Gaidakot of Nawalparasi district, some 350 km from Kathmandu, at around 2.30 am.

The deceased have been identified as Ram Shanker Pandey, 96, his wife Naharaniya Devi Pandey, 95 and Phoolmati Soni, 50 -- all residents of Madhya Pradesh, police said.

While Phoolmati died on the spot, the elderly couple died during treatment at Bharatpur Medical College, Chitwan.

The other injured have also been admitted to the Bharatpur hospital.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, July 24, 2009, 18:26

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