Five Indian nationals and one Nepali were mowed down and killed by a speeding car in the capital at 12:45 a.m., Wednesday. The car was being driven recklessly by a youth and there were two other people in it.
Those killed have been identified as Dharma Nath Singh, 50, and his wife Beena Singh, 46, of Kasawa Mehasi. Others killed were Madan Kumar Gupta, 29, Krishna Devi Gupta, 40, and her son Sanjay Gupta, 15, of Sitamarhi, Bihar.
All of them lived at Jyatha in rented quarters. The Nepali killed has been identified as 17-year-old Sujan Shrestha of Pokhare VDC-9, Sindhupalchowk district. Shrestha, who used to to work at a saree shop at Bhedasingh in the capital, was a passerby not associated with the Indian nationals.
Dipak Gupta, 28, also of Sitamarhi, who was injured during the accident, is being treated at Bir Hospital. He received serious injuries to the head and underwent surgery at Neuro Hospital, Bansbari. He is a relative of the victims and lives at Bangemudha in the capital.
According to police, Biplab Man Singh, 21, of Khichapokhari in Kathmandu was driving the Honda City Ba 4 Cha 8030 at considerable speed when it hit the people walking along the sidewalk.
They were returning from Bir Hospital after getting treatment for Sanjaya. The car crashed onto the pavement in front of the underground passageway at Bhotahiti. The front, back and right sides of the car have been damaged, indicating the severity of the impact.
Three youths including Singh left the car and fled the scene immediately after the accident. The car is registered in the name of Singh´s mother. It is not known whether the three were drunk.
According to security guard at Bir Hospital Hari KC, the Indians had visited the hospital at 10 p.m. Tuesday to get Sanjaya a checkup. They left at 12.30 a.m., Wednesday.
Soon after KC heard a loud noise 15 minutes after they left, police brought the victims to the hospital. All six died within minutes of reaching the emergency ward.
The absconding driver´s father and brother later surrendered themselves before the police. According to police, the father, Bidhya Man Singh, has agreed to provide compensation to the families of the victims and help police arrest his son. The family has also deposited Rs 100,000 at the Neuro Hospital for the injured´s treatment.
Indians should be kicked out of Nepal.