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Baitadi jeep accident: Death toll reaches five

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Baitadi: The death toll from the Baitadi jeep accident rose to five after the demise of Janaki Bhattarai, 40, of Patan municipality-1 while receiving treatment at Patan Primary Health Centre.

The Kailapal-bound jeep (Se 1 Ja 888) from Patan Bazaar met with the accident at Sakar Thali in Patan municipality-1 on Monday evening killing four people on the spot, Chief of Area Police Office, Patan, Rajesh Shahi said.

Those dead on the spot include Binod Bhattarai, 13, and Rama Bhattarai, 72, of Patan municipality-1, Sakar, Prem Chunara, 24, and Manisha BK, 20, according to in-charge of Area Police Office, Patan, Rajesh Shahi.

Likewise, five others are injured. Of the injured, the health condition of Om Prakash Bhattarai and Man Dhoj Bhattarai is critical. Both of them are referred to Dadeldhura hospital for further treatment.

According to the police source, some 11 people, including a driver were travelling in the jeep. The vehicle fell some 100 meters off the road. Jeep driver, Khemraj Pandey, of Patan-5 Basantapur is absconding. The reason behind the accident is not yet known.

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