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13 killed, 19 injured in Nagarkot incident


13 people including one army man were killed and 19 others injured at ward number seven of Chihandanda area of Nagarkot on Wednesday evening when an army man indiscriminately opened fire during a local fair.

According to Royal Nepalese Army (RNA), army man Bashudev Thapa killed himself after going on a rampage.

Chief of Number 1 brigade of the Royal Nepalese Army, Chief District Officer of Bhaktapur district, President of Bhaktapur District Development Committee, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Chief of Suryabinayak Battalion inspected the incident site on Thursday.

According to locals, the incident followed a minor scuffle between RNA soldier Thapa and local villagers who were singing, drinking and dancing till late in the evening after a local fair at the Kalika Devi temple at Chihandanda.

The dead have been identified as Bhagwan Tamang, Aaite Tamang, Ram Lal Nagarkoti, Maya Tamang, Sujen Shreshta, Ram Prasad Pant, Kale Tamang, Nanu Nagarkoti Shrestha, Niru Tamang, Damai Lama, Dipak Tamang and Dipak Thing.

Some of the injured, Krishna Bahadur Gurung, Kalu Tamang, Suka Lal Nagarkoti and Bijaya Thing are undergoing treatment at the emergency ward of the Birendra Army Hospital, Chhauni.

Likewise, Gopal Paneri, Raju Lama, Niraj Tamang, Raj Kumar Gurung, Ram Kumar Nagarkoti, Ram Bhakta Nagarkoti, Bhim Bahadur Tamang, Jagat Bahadur Tamang are undergoing treatment at the post operative ward of the Birendra Army Hospital. Three women injured in the incident, Phunchhi Tamang, Purni Tamang and Sapana Lama are undergoing treatment at the same hospital.

Three more injured, Laxmi Nagarkoti, Raj Kumar Nagarkoti and Nirajan Nagarkoti returned after general treatment at Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj.

The RNA Thursday afternoon took media personnel to visit the injured at the hospitals. Talking to Nepalnews, Sukalal Nagarkoti, who received bullet injuries in the incident and is undergoing treatment at Birendra Army Hospital, said the army man returned to the fair after a minor dispute with the locals and opened fire indiscriminately.

Kalu Tamang, another victim of the incident, said the army man opened fire at the locals though the people who had quarreled with him had already fled the incident site.

Locals suspect more injuries and causalities in the incident as the army man had fired more than 200 rounds of bullets during the incident.

Bijay Tamang of ward number 1 of Deupur village development committee, who received bullet injuries in his leg, said the army man opened fire for nearly 10 minutes at a crowd of nearly five hundred locals.

Achyut Prasad Sharma, clinical superintendent of the Birendra Army Hospital said all the injured people are out of danger.

Meanwhile, holding a press conference, the Royal Nepalese Army said that it will bring the real information to the public after the probe committee submits its report within three days.

Speaking at the press conference, spokesperson of the RNA, Colonel Umesh Kumar Bhattrai informed that the RNA had formed a probe committee headed by Brigadier General Netra Bahadur Thapa to investigate the incident.

Other members of the team are Lieutenant General Dhurba Kumar Shah, Colonel's Hem Khattri and Nirendra Prashad Aryal and Major Prem Bahadur Thapa.

?The investigation team had already started its investigation,? Colonel Bhattrai added.

However, Colonel Bhattrai declined to mention which weapon was used in the incident and how the plain-cloth security personnel got the weapon. He marked the incident as very unfortunate and added that the incident was committed by a single person with ill intention.

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