Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bandits attack passengers in Tanahun

Four persons were injured when armed bandits shot at passengers of a public bus today. The bandits, who had come in a gang of five, were travelling in the same bus and threatened the driver to stop the bus. When the driver refused to stop the bus, the bandits shot at the driver and three passengers were injured when they retaliated. Driver Chok Bahadur Gurung, 40, who was injured in the attack and is undergoing treatment in Gandaki Zonal Hospital in Pokhara and the three passengers are undergoing treatment in Nepal Army's No 3 Brigade in Khairenitar and are reported to be recuperating, police said. The bandits, who boarded the bus from Mugling,
robbed passengers by brandishing three pistols and a khukuri and later fled after the passengers
retaliated, the police said.

The bus was looted at Upper Dudadi on Damauli-Khairenitar section of Prithvi Highway at around 4.00 am, Police Inspector at the Tanahun district police office Gautam Mishra said. “One of the bandits also sustained injured when the passengers retaliated,” he quoted a passenger as saying. “A bullet of homemade pistol was recovered from the site,” Gautam said. Locals, bus drivers and helpers obstructed the Prithvi Highway for one-and-ahalf hour today to protest the incident. The bandits made away with Rs 150,000 in cash, jewelry and clothes from the passengers, police said, adding that search for the bandits have been launched.

source: the Himalayan times

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