Two pilgrims have died in a tractor accident while going to see a ghost fair on Kamala river connecting Dhanusha and Siraha on Kartik Purnima.
Eighteen people have been injured in the same accident.
Two Indian nationals were killed when a tractor with an untested Nepali number plate overturned while overtaking a bridge at Belapatti of Bideha Municipality-7 in Dhanusha district on Thursday evening. The deceased have been identified as Ram Dayal Yadav, 50, and Asmita Devi, 45, of Bela police station in Sitamarhi district of Bihar state, according to the District Police Office, Dhanusha. He died on the spot.
The condition of three of the 18 injured is critical, police said. Dhanusha Superintendent of Police Basant Kumar Rajaur said that most of the pilgrims were Indians even though the tractor belonged to Mahottari. He said that the driver absconded immediately after the incident.
The injured are being treated at Janakpur Provincial Hospital and Ramjanki Hospital, he said. The incident is being further investigated and the absconding driver is being sought, said Superintendent Rajaur.